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The 2019 US Open champion battled for two hours and 44 minutes to outlast the American teenager and set up a fourth-round blockbuster against Garbiñe Muguruza on Monday night.
Published Mar 29, 2021
In their first meeting since the juniors, Bianca Andreescu and Amanda Anisimova had an absolute battle in the third round of Miami on Sunday night—and the Canadian survived, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 6-4.
She’ll have 24 hours to recover before facing Garbiñe Muguruza in the fourth round on Monday night.
“I’m super happy. It’s really nice being back here,” Andreescu said in her on-court interview. “Amanda played really well tonight. I’m super happy with how I fought through, because it wasn’t easy. I was lucky enough to play an evening match, which wasn’t as hot or as humid, so that was a bonus.
“I’m just super happy to have the win and super happy to be back here.”
There was very little between the two throughout the two-hour, 44-minute encounter. There were no breaks in the first set, though it wasn’t for a lack of trying—Andreescu actually had 10 break points in the set, but ended up having to come back from a mini-break down in the tie-break to win it.
The Canadian finally converted her 12th break point—on an Anisimova double fault—to go up a set and 2-0, but the American broke right back and blew through another tie-break to send it to a third.
Andreescu broke one last time in the fifth game of the decider and never let go, as the two women held serve from there until the end. The 2019 US Open champion held at love to close it out, ripping a backhand winner down the line—her 20th winner of the night—to seal the victory.
She was asked in her post-match press conference what got her through the encounter.
"Wanting to win the tournament, that's for one," she said. "And just proving to myself that I can get through these tough matches, like I did before in the past. And I did. So I'm super happy about that."
Andreescu won just five more points than Anisimova, 113 to 108, and the most interesting number may have been the break points—the Canadian converted 3 of 17, while the American went 2 for 2.
Next up for the No. 8-seeded Andreescu will be the No. 12 seed, Muguruza, who scored her tour-leading 20th win of the year with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russian wild card Anna Kalinskaya.
The Canadian won their only previous meeting, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of Indian Wells in 2019.
“She’s been playing well,” Andreescu said of Muguruza. “I played her at Indian Wells, so I know a little bit of what to expect, but it’s a different year. But I’m feeling good, and I’m feeling confident.”
The other two matches in the Andreescu-Muguruza quarter of the draw both ended in upsets, with No. 27 seed Ons Jabeur beating No. 4 seed Sofia Kenin for the first time in five tour-level meetings, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and Sara Sorribes Tormo conquering No. 21 seed Elena Rybakina, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Jabeur’s win over the No. 4-ranked Kenin was the third Top 5 win of her career, having beaten a No. 1-ranked Simona Halep at Beijing in 2018 (by retirement) and No. 3 Karolina Pliskova at Doha in 2020.