WTA Beijing: Bianca Andreescu counts to 17, setting Naomi Osaka clash


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WTA Beijing: Bianca Andreescu counts to 17, setting Naomi Osaka clash

Making a debut at the China Open in Beijing, world no. 6 Bianca Andreescu toppled a qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-3 in 67 minutes for the 17th straight victory. Not losing a complete match since Acapulco, the US Open champion fired 17 winners and 17 unforced errors, fending off all four break points and dominating on the return with four breaks from 11 opportunities, enough to propel her over the finish line.

Wasting no time to find the rhythm, Bianca broke at 15 in the first game when Brady sprayed a forehand error, confirming the break thanks to another forehand mistake from the American in game two and creating three chances on the return in game three.

Jennifer saved those to stay within one break deficit before Andreescu grabbed another break to move 4-1 up, with the Canadian closing the opener thanks to another break in game seven after a return winner. It was Brady who had the upper hand in the first six games of the second set, sailing through her service games and creating four break opportunities in three different games, wasting them all and allowing Bianca to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard.

The Canadian held at 15 with a forehand winner in game seven, stealing the rivals' serve in the next game with a forehand winner and moving over the top when Brady sent a forehand long in the ninth game to advance into the quarters and set the clash against another Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka.

The struggling Russian Daria Kasatkina defeated a compatriot Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 35 minutes despite hitting five winners in the entire match! Daria hit ten doubles faults and struggled big time on the second serve, saving six out of 11 break chances and earning seven breaks from 13 opportunities to vanish that deficit and seal the deal in straight sets.

Alexandrova made the better start, scoring three consecutive breaks that pushed her 4-1 up, only to lose the next five games as Kasatkina shifted into a higher gear to close the opener with breaks in games six, eight and ten.

Daria was on fire on the return in those moments, stealing the opponent's serve thrice in set number two as well to forge a massive advantage, sealing the deal with a hold at 5-3 for a much-needed victory and one of the best results of the season that brought her almost nothing so far.