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