Andreescu loses in first match on grass in three years
The former US Open champion did not make a winning return to the surface after an absence stretching back to 2018
Former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu lost in the round of 16 at the bett1open in Berlin – her first match on grass in three years.
Seeded third at the event, she fell to Alizé Cornet 7-6(2), 7-5.
The Canadian’s last match on grass was in the qualifying rounds of Wimbledon back in 2018. She has played only on hard and clay courts since then – and did not compete at all during 2020.
It has been a tumultuous 2021 for Andreescu so far. She has split with coach Sylvain Bruneau, and suffered a foot injury in the final of the Miami Open before going down with Covid-19 en route to Spain, and then reporting abdominal discomfort at Strasbourg.
The 21-year-old then lost in the first round of Roland-Garros this year to Tamara Zidansek, who triumphed 6-7(1), 7-6(2), 9-7.