LONDON | Bianca Andreescu showed up at Wimbledon today less than 24 hours after her defeat in the final of the Bad Homburg tournament. We met an athlete who feels in step with the eve of the third major tournament of the season.
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However, this participation will have a special flavor. Due to his 56th place in the WTA rankings, Andreescu is not one of the highest-seeded in the event. We can also say that she is one of the neglected.
A role he does not hate. Away from there.
“I like to consider myself a loser in every game,” Bianca Andreescu said during a press conference. I’ve already achieved several things, but not a lot when I compare myself to the big players.
“I like having this philosophy when I show up on the pitch. It allows me to play more relaxed. I like this, don’t be in the spotlight.
“Last year I put a lot of pressure on my shoulders because of my role as favorite. He didn’t help me at all. It’s different, but I feel different. I’m hungrier “.
Andreescu didn’t have much time to digest his defeat to France’s Caroline Garcia on Saturday in Germany. A few hours after her duel, she jumped on a plane to London.
Today he decided to take a break from training to catch his breath. Fortunately, he only plays his first duel on Tuesday.
“In recent years I have not had the opportunity to play many games on short notice,” added Andreescu. Participating in the final was very positive especially for my match on grass.
“I am improving with every game. I come to Wimbledon with a good cruising speed.
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He found his orientation on grass in the defeat against Czech Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the Berlin tournament.
“There was a click in my game, explained Andreescu. I started letting go of my racket and my strokes. I played without fear.
“Grass can help you with this compared to other surfaces. You have no choice but to hit hard. This is one aspect that will help me with the rest of things.
Bekta on the menu
For her first round clash, the 22-year-old will face American Emina Bektas. An opponent she doesn’t know much about.
“All I know is that he played mostly doubles. I haven’t seen her play often. I’ll have to do it in the next few hours thanks to YouTube.
Andreescu will make his third appearance at the Wimbledon tournament. He hasn’t made it through the first round yet.
Last year, she suffered a final defeat against France’s Alizé Cornet at 6-2 and 6-1. We’ll see if she can write a different story this year.