WTA | Bianca Andreescu loses final in Bad Homburg

In a duel that was as close as possible, the Ontarian Bianca Andreescu was beaten in three sets by 7:6 (5), 4:6 and 4:6 against the French Caroline Garcia in the final of the Bad Homburg tournament on Saturday morning.

Posted at 10:31 am

Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
The press

Prior to this clash, Andreescu had not lost a set in four games since the tournament began. We thought she was going to get her fourth individual career title.

Of course that will wait. But one thing is for sure: the Canadian is back. In fact, this result is not disappointing in Germany. The athlete also flashed a beautiful smile as he spoke into the microphone after the confrontation.

“I’ve had a difficult few years, but I’m trying,” she said.

She got emotional when asked to say a few words to her team.

“I wouldn’t be here without you and all the support you gave me,” she said before shedding a few tears.

“Sorry,” she continued. You stood by me through difficult times and that’s all I could have asked for. »

Andreescu returned to the tennis courts in April after a six-month hiatus. In a phone interview with The pressA few days before her return, she declared that she felt “more peaceful than ever”. She would now rather play for pleasure than under pressure.

“If I can go out there and play as well as I can with the preparation I’ve had, that will be enough for me,” she said.

It’s a bit that caught our eye on Saturday morning in Germany. Dynamic and daring, the 22-year-old athlete appeared to be in great shape. She never gave up.

long fight

The two former world fourth-bats, who have never faced each other before, were looking to get their hands on the first title since 2019. They fought a long battle of 2 hours and 42 minutes.

The first run alone lasted over an hour. The two athletes first traded a shutout before Garcia took a 3-1 lead against an Andreescu who was struggling to counter her opponent’s attacks.


PHOTO THOMAS FREY, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Caroline Garcia

Except the Canadian saw others. She immediately managed to break service again before winning the next game to make it 3:3.

Every time she got into trouble in that first heat, Andreescu rose under the pressure and came from behind.

Both players made it to the tie break. Ultimately, Andreescu had the upper hand, winning 71% of her first serves this round. She clenched her fists expressively at each of her points.

In the second set, the Ontarian led 4-2 when her opponent exploded. Garcia won 16 of the next 17 runs to force a third inning. Third round which was like the previous one, meaning Andreescu started well by winning the first two games before losing the next four.

She tried everything to get back in the game, but on the other side of the field was a determined Garcia who played her 11e Career final. The latter finally prevailed 6-4.

“It was close in the third set, but it was a good game,” said Andreescu at the microphone. Caroline, you fought really hard. I fought well too. It was good tennis; a dot here and there [a fait la différence]. But it was a great week. »


PHOTO DANIEL MAURER, AGENCY FRANCE-PRESSE

Caroline Garcia and Bianca Andreescu

“All in all, I’m very happy with how my game is developing on grass,” she added, for whom it was the first career final on grass.

Caroline Garcia also had good words for him.

“We played in such a good mood that it was a battle from the first point to the last,” she began. Congratulations on your weekend. You’ve proven so much in the past and you’re still very young. I’m sure there are still many great things to come. You are hardworking and that is the most important thing. »

Wimbledon

The Bad Homburg tournament was used to prepare for the prestigious Wimbledon tournament, which is also played on grass and starts in London on Monday.

Bianca Andreescu meets the American Emina Bektas in the first round on Tuesday. She will be aiming for her first career win in the main draw at Wimbledon.

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