Former world No. 4 Bianca Andreescu was thrilled after beating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the Rome second round as she acknowledged it was a "dog fight" between the two. Andreescu, who kicked off her 2022 season last month after taking some time to address her mental health, defeated Parrizas-Diaz 6-3 7-6 (4) to progress into the Rome last-16.
Andreescu entered the match not knowing much about Parrizas-Diaz as it was their first meeting. "It was great. I think this is a great match for me to build and learn from. I'm very pumped. It was pretty emotional," Andreescu said after the match, as quoted on the WTA Tour website.
"She plays really well. She changes up the rhythm. She hits very hard and deep. She stands really far back ... In the second set it was just who wins the most important points kind of thing. I was really focusing on my serve, to get those in as much as I can because I know it's up and down.
It was just a dog fight."
Andreescu escapes with a straight-set victory
Andreescu made a slow start to the match as she got broken in the third game of the first set. However, Parrizas-Diaz's lead was short-lived as Andreescu broke back in the fourth game.
In the eighth game, Andreescu claimed her second break to open a 5-3 lead. Andreescu then routinely served out for the first set in the following game. Parrizas-Diaz bounced back at the start of the second set, taking an early 3-0 lead.
After falling down by an early break in the second set, Andreescu responded by claiming back-to-back breaks and taking a 4-3 lead. Andreescu's run of four games ended in the eighth game, when Parrizas-Diaz broke back to tie the set to four games apiece.
As no more breaks were seen, the set went into a tie-break, where the two players were tied at 4-4 before Andreescu won three consecutive points to seal a straight-set win.