World No. 7 Bianca Andreescu insisted she expected a physical battle against Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari. Andreescu, a former world No. 4, and world No. 18 Sakkari left it all on the court during their Monday night clash at the US Open.
Sakkari, 26, recovered from a set down to edge out Andreescu 6-7 (2) 7-6 (6) 6-3 and reach the US Open quarterfinal. “I was expecting (it to be physical) and I went out there with the right mindset, I think, and I did the best that I could”.
Andreescu said, in quotes released by the WTA. “I wish I could have finished it in two sets, because I had my opportunities, but tennis is just like that sometimes. I take everything from this tournament and I just look at it, like, ‘Wow, I really fought through that.
That was crazy.’ I was cramping from the start of the third set, and I just kept fighting, and for me that’s all that matters. I did my best”.
Andreescu was hampered by a groin issue
Andreescu had her thigh heavily bondaged against Sakkari.
“I slid a couple of times and I fell on my groin a little bit”. Andreescu said. “I hope it’s nothing too serious. But that affected me a little bit. I try not to think about it, but it’s hard sometimes.
I just need to take some days off and hopefully it’ll be good”. However, Andreescu is hoping that the injury won't affect her long-term and that she will be ready for the Indian Wells Masters. “For sure, I’m looking forward to that.
I’ll probably play Chicago before that. I think it’s like, back to back, Chicago and Indian Wells,” she said. Andreescu, who won the US Open in 2019 and didn't defend her title last year, suffered her first US Open defeat to Sakkari.