The comeback queen is back

PARIS | Bianca Andreescu used the resilience that has characterized her since her professional debut to get back on track at Roland-Garros on Monday and defeat a tenacious qualifier who almost showed her the door on the first lap.

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Led by a set and a break so close to the abyss after finding herself three points from defeat on the small, heavily loaded Court 7, the Canadian turned things around by the end of the second set to win 3-6, 7 – 5 and 6-0 against Belgium’s Ysaline Bonaventure, 168and World.

Andreescu admits she was nervous at the beginning of the game.

“My game went everywhere and she, she played exceptional tennis. She chose the right tactics at the right time,” emphasized the 21-year-old.

The stat sheet from the first heat won’t end up in line with his career bests. Broken three times on six occasions, “Bibi” also multiplied unforced errors, often because she was overwhelmed by her 27-year-old opponent’s punches.

“I really had to calm down, reconsider my tactics because I felt like what I was doing wasn’t working. I managed to do that and I’m really happy,” she said.

At the end of the second set, the Ontarian found her way back to her offensive game, this time it was the Belgian who had to review her style of play, but in vain. Andreescu, who has dropped to 72and World rankings in recent months then unfolded in the third inning.

Almost lost his calm

The last movement was marked by a shower break of almost an hour. Andreescu only left his opponent with crumbs.

“At times I was really almost upset, but I had to control myself,” said the former WTA fourth. I had to adapt because not only did I play badly, but she also played very well. »

Andreescu is in her first games at the circuit since the five-month hiatus she began in October following the Indian Wells tournament.

A saving break for his sanity. As is now known, the Canadian struggled at the end of last season. At one point she even considered hanging up her racket.

And his return is going very well under such circumstances. In Stuttgart and Madrid she reached the round of 16, in Rome then the quarterfinals.

The combative

But on Monday in Paris, with this three-set win, Andreescu proved that despite the failures of recent seasons, despite the uncertainty that has inhabited her for several months, she has by no means lost her fighting spirit.

This sheer tenacity helped her win Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open in 2019 when she was just a teenager.

On four occasions at Indian Wells and Toronto, she needed three sets to win. But where can she draw such resilience from?

“I try not to just focus on my game,” she explained. I also trust my rivals, I try to find solutions. And above all, I always say to myself: “It’s not over until it’s over,” she smiled.

A great challenge

Tenacity, Andreescu will probably need it again in the next round when she meets Belinda Bencic, 14, from Switzerlandand sown, Wednesday. The Canadian has a career win against her next opponent: Ironically, at the US Open 2019, in the semifinals.

“I hope I managed to get rid of my nervousness forever,” she emphasized. But every first round of a tournament I feel a little stressed. Once I find my feet I hope it helps me for the next one. »

Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 14, makes his debut on Tuesdayand Favorite who will face Denmark’s Holger Rune, 40and worldwide, around 5 a.m. Quebec time. Félix Auger-Aliassime, Leylah Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu will be back on Wednesday.

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Panama hats from Roland Garros


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They had given way to umbrellas in Roland-Garros colors on Monday, but on fine sunny days at the Porte d’Auteuil the Panama hat is ubiquitous in the stands. Roland has always had this madness for hats. The Panama hat, which comes from Ecuador, has been the fashion item par excellence on the stands for a number of years. If several spectators have received this gift from a sponsor of the tournament, it is also possible to find these straw hats in the numerous shops on the site. But Panama isn’t for every budget. The top-of-the-line real straw version costs 95 euros, or about $130. Luckily (!) there are also versions made out of synthetic materials, retailing between $61 and $88. In 2017 the site became The Express It is estimated that around 2,000 Panama hats were sold in Paris in the two weeks. But if you just want to protect your head from sunstroke, a simple beanie will do the trick. Promise!

French breakfast

Tunisian Ons Jabeur was beaten in the first round by Poland’s Magda Linette on Sunday and said she was disappointed to have to play at the Philippe-Chatrier at 11am. And not just because she’s never won the main course in Paris.

“The spectators ate their breakfast. When we started there was hardly anyone there, too bad! »

It is true that the French have a reputation for being late for the first games of the day, even on the biggest pitches where the best clashes are programmed.

“The start on a Sunday at 11 a.m. was very difficult to swallow. It was too early! Added the one who was sixth favorite.

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