Two Swiss-Canadian first-round matches at the Guadalajara Open on Monday underpinned differing results. Canada’s Bianca Andreescu got through her first match as did Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic. Andreescu defeated Jil Teichmann 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 20 minutes.
Andreescu converted five break points on Teichmann’s serve and conceded his serve twice. After her victory, the 2019 US Open winner said: “I definitely like the atmosphere here. I think the altitude helps me somewhat, especially when I’m hitting game winners.
I feel like it just drags (the ball), which I really like. I just wanted to go out and be positive and give everything I have. I am very happy with the consistency. Sometimes I could have gone for more, but I chose to be a little safer.
I didn’t want to go too far…there’s a good balance. I think my serve went very well today, my return and I also fought until the end.”
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In the second round, Andreescu will play 16th seed Petra Kvitova.
The Czech defeated fellow left-hander Bernarda Pera 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 24 minutes. Meanwhile, 10th-seeded Bencic needed three sets and nearly three hours to get past Leylah Fernandez. Bencic won 7-5, 6-7(10), 6-3. In the second set, she had five match points, but Fernandez saved everything to clinch the set and take the match to the decider.
For the match, only an unforced error separated Bencic and Fernández. The Swiss had 43 while the Canadian had 42. Bencic finished the match with 30 winners, five more than Fernandez. In the round of 32, Bencic will face Sloane Stephens.
Stephens won her first round clash against Linda Fruhvirtova, 6-0, 6-2 in 53 minutes. Lastly, Camila Osorio scored an upset over 15th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in her Round of 16 match at the Guadalajara Open. The Colombian won 6-4, 7-6(8) after one hour and 48 minutes of play.