In a duel as close as possible, the onset Bianca Andreescu admitted defeat in three sets of 7-6 (5), 4-6 and 4-6 against Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia in the final of the tournament in Bad Homburg on Saturday morning .
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Prior to this clash, Andreescu hadn’t lost a set in four games since the tournament began. We thought he would get his fourth career individual title.
Obviously, this will wait. But one thing is certain: the Canadian is really back. Indeed, this result in Germany is not disappointing. The athlete also showed a nice smile when speaking into the microphone after the fight.
“I’ve had some tough years, but I’m working hard,” he said.
She got excited when she was 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,” he continued. You stayed with me in 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 telephone interview with The print, a few days before his return, he explained that he felt “more at peace than ever”. He now he wanted to play in pleasure rather than under pressure.
“If I can go out there and play my best with the preparation I’ve had, that’s enough for me,” he said.
That’s kind of what we noticed on Saturday morning in Germany. Dynamic and daring, the 22-year-old athlete looked in great shape. He never gave up.
The two former fourth world rackets, who had never faced each other before, were looking to get their hands on a first title since 2019. They fought a long battle of 2 hours and 42 minutes.
The first ride alone lasted for over an hour. The two athletes exchanged a close first, before Garcia took the 3-1 lead against an Andreescu who was struggling to counter the opponent’s attacks.
Except that the Canadian has seen others. In turn he immediately manages to make a service break, before seizing the next game for a 3-3.
Whenever he got into trouble during that first run, Andreescu would get up under the pressure and come in from behind.
Both players made it to the tiebreaker. In the end it was Andreescu who got the upper hand, winning 71% of his first serves this round. He expressive, he clenched his fists in each of his points.
In the second set, Ontario were leading 4-2 when their opponent completely exploded. Garcia won 16 of the next 17 runs to force a third inning. Third round like the previous one, that is Andreescu started well taking the first two games, before losing the next four.
He tried everything to get back in the game, but on the other side of the field was a determined Garcia, who was playing 11And career finale. The latter finally got the upper hand 6-4.
“He was close in the third set, but it was a good match,” Andreescu said over the microphone. Caroline, you fought very hard. I fought well too. It was good tennis; a point here and there [a fait la différence]. But it was a great week. ”
“All in all, I am very happy with how my game is developing on grass,” he added, for which it was the first career final on this surface.
Caroline Garcia also had good words for him.
“We played with such good spirit that it was a battle from first to last,” he began. Congratulations on your weekend. You have already proved so much in the past and you are still very young. I’m sure there are still a lot of great things on the way for you. You are a hard worker and this is the most important thing. ”
The Bad Homburg tournament served as a preparation for the prestigious Wimbledon tournament, which is also played on grass and which starts Monday in London.
Bianca Andreescu will face American Emina Bektas in the first round on Tuesday. She will be looking for her first career win on the Wimbledon main draw.