Wimbledon: Bianca Andreescu the outsider

LONDON | Bianca Andreescu emerged today less than 24 hours after losing the final of the Bad Homburg tournament at Wimbledon. We met an athlete feeling fit on the eve of the third major tournament of the season.

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However, this participation will have a special touch. Due to his 56th place in the WTA ranking, Andreescu is not one of the top seeds of the event. We can even say that she is one of the neglected.

A role she doesn’t hate. Far from there.

“I like to see myself as an underdog in every game,” said Bianca Andreescu during a press conference. I’ve achieved a lot, but not much when I compare myself to the big players.

“I like having that philosophy when I’m on the pitch. This allows me to play more relaxed. I like not being in the spotlight.

“Last year I put a lot of pressure on my shoulders because I was the favourite. It didn’t help me at all. It’s different, but I feel different. I feel hungry.”

One click

Andreescu didn’t have much time to digest her loss to France’s Caroline Garcia on Saturday in Germany. A few hours after their duel, she boarded a plane to London.

Today she decided to take a break from training to catch her breath. Luckily she doesn’t play her first duel until Tuesday.

“In recent years I haven’t had the opportunity to play many games at short notice,” added Andreescu. Participating in the final was very positive, especially for my game on grass.

“I’m getting better with every game. I’m coming to Wimbledon at a good cruising speed.

Karolina Pliskova

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Karolina Pliskova

She found her bearings on the pitch after losing to the Czech Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the Berlin tournament.

“There was a click in my game,” explained Andreescu. I started to let go of my racquet and punches. I played without fear.

“Grass can help you with that compared to other surfaces. You have no choice but to hit hard. That’s an aspect that will help me for the rest of things.

Bektas on the menu

In the first round, the 22-year-old meets the American Emina Bektas. An opponent she doesn’t know much about.

“All I know is that she mainly played doubles. I didn’t see them play very often. I have to do it in the next few hours thanks to YouTube.

Andreescu will compete in the Wimbledon tournament for the third time. She hasn’t passed the first round yet.

Last year she lost 6-2 and 6-1 in the final against France’s Alizé Cornet. We’ll see if she can make a different story this year.

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