‘I have forgotten what it’s like to lose’ – Bianca Andreescu immediately back to winning ways

Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu effortlessly eased herself back into winning ways as she played her first match since winning the US Open.

The 19-year-old beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows to claim her first Grand Slam title, but has taken a couple weeks off since to recover.

That break hasn’t appeared to hamper her, as she beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 – her 15th successive win – to set up a second-round clash with Elise Mertens.

“I don’t want to sound like cocky or anything,” Andreescu said, “but I kind of forgot how it feels to lose, which I think is a good thing.

“When I meditate, I always make sure to feel the feeling of myself winning. It’s good that I forgot the other feeling.”

It was also enough to book her spot in the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

Andreescu is yet to make her debut in that competition, but joins Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, and Simona Halep as guaranteed qualifiers.

Halep herself had a disappointing time in Beijing, as she fell to a surprise 6-2, 6-3 defeat to Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.

However, Caroline Wozniacki and Kiki Bertens managed to find their way into the second-round.

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