17-year-old Bianca Andreescu had to wait all day but the moment finally came for the Canadian rising star to make her Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon. The teenager faced Kristina Kucova of Slovakia in her debut, who is 10 years her senior.
Kucova took the match 6-4, 6-3 in one hour, 10 minutes to move past the Canadian and into to the second round.
Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu in her first "whites" practice on match court 4 Saturday. She played the juniors in '16, Q'd here. pic.twitter.com/8Uxie7E6Hv
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Andreescu’s first service game was a break at love. She earned herself two break back points in the following game but Kucova managed to hang on to her slim lead. Andreescu quickly found her footing in the match and was able to hold in her second service game. She followed that up with an emphatic break of Kucova’s serve to level the match at 2-2.
Nerves played a role in the early stages as Andreescu sought consistency. Kucova broke the young Canadian again to lead 3-2 and went on to hold 4-2, but not before saving yet another break back point. Like the early stages of the match, Andreescu went on to hold serve and break back yet again to level the match at 4-4.
The pattern continued as Andreescu dropped serve again and Kucova was able to serve out the opening set 6-4 after 38 minutes.
Andreescu notably suffered on her second serve in the opening set, winning only 4/17 points through her first five service games. Her first serve percentage was a low 43% for the set, which was accompanied by four double faults.
Like the first set, Kucova jumped out to an early break advantage and never looked back. She was 4/6 on break point conversion – Andreescu was 2/5. Andreescu did not have a look at a break point in the second set.
The Slovakian put a stronghold on the match, unbothered on serve in the second set, and secured herself the 6-4, 6-3 win after 70 minutes. She was near perfect on serve, going 11/13 on her first service points and 5/6 on the second serve.
Andreescu made her way out of qualifying without dropping a set to book her spot in the Wimbledon main draw.