Struggling with injuries, Bianca Andreescu is slowly returning where she belongs. The young Canadian is through to the quarter-final at the Miami Open thanks to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph against the 12th seed Garbine Muguruza in two hours and 11 minutes, winning her 22nd of the last 24 WTA 1000 matches!
Bianca won five points more than Garbine and bounced back from set number two to cross the finish line thanks to four breaks on her tally. Andreescu hit 34 winners and errors and left Muguruza on a 24-38 ratio, which wasn't enough for the victory.
The Spaniard drew first blood in the eighth game and held at love at 5-3 to take the opener and move closer to the finish line after 48 minutes. Andreescu fended off two break points in the second set's third game in one of the pivotal moments and landed a forehand return winner a few minutes later to open a 3-1 gap.
Muguruza made one last push in game seven when she reduced the deficit, only to lose serve again in the next one and allow Andreescu to grab the set with an unreturned serve at 5-3. Bianca raced into a 4-0 advantage in the decider and sealed the deal with a service winner at 5-2 to book the quarter-final spot.
Bianca Andreescu spoke about her victory over Garbine Muguruza.
"It was tough; Garbine started out playing really well. I don't think I was at the level I wanted to be right at the start because I knew she would come out strong, and that's what she did.
But I had to re-adapt, which I did in the second set. I regrouped, kept fighting and changed my game plan a bit as well. It worked. I felt like I wasn't consistent in the early stages while she played on a high level. I felt like I was going too much on her forehand in the first set, so I regrouped and tried to pick what I was doing right and what I was doing wrong.
I just told myself, 'Okay, her backhand was still excellent, but I'll pick on that wing bit more.' That made a big difference. It's always satisfying getting that three-setter, especially after losing the first set.
Even when I'm down, I know that I can find a way back and do well most of the time. I keep proving that to myself, and it's nice to get that under my belt. I felt super pumped the whole match, considering everything that's been happening," Bianca Andreescu said.