Andreescu backhand pose

Photo: Martin Sidorjak

It was just one of those days where nothing went right for Bianca Andreescu and everything seemingly went the way of her opponent, Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, on Saturday in Paris. That’s because the 22-year-old Canadian was eliminated 6-1, 6-1 in her first third-round appearance at Roland-Garros in just over an hour.

Andreescu had game points on her serve in the opening game, but still was broken which ended up being a sign of things to come in the match. Despite her best efforts, she just couldn’t make any in-roads against Tsurenko who put forth a virtually flawless performance from start to finish.

In the first game of the second set, Andreescu started hitting her groundstrokes with much more conviction, reeling off four consecutive winners to break Tsurenko’s serve and signal a much-needed reset. Unfortunately, her lead was short-lived, and she was unable to maintain that level in the face of her opponent’s strong play as she dropped six straight games en route to a disappointing loss.


Still, breaking new ground on the clay at the French Open by reaching the third round is noteworthy and sets her up well for the grass season during which she reached a WTA singles final last year in Bad Homburg, Germany.

First though, Andresscu will look to make a deep run in mixed doubles at Roland-Garros with her partner Michael Venus of New Zealand. The pair will play for a spot in quarter-finals on Sunday against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mate Pavic. Meanwhile, Gabriela Dabrowski and American Nathaniel Lammons will also be vying for a berth in the final eight when they take on Taylor Townsend and Jamie Murray.