NEW YORK | Bianca Andreescu will face her biggest challenge at the US Open on Saturday against 19th-ranked world player Caroline Wozniacki. Positive for the Canadian: she won the only match between the two players, at the beginning of January in Auckland.
At that moment, Andreescu was just beginning his ascent. She was ranked 152nd in the world, while Wozniacki, the first seed of the tournament, was third in the world.
"I think it was really the match and the tournament where everything came to me. It was the first time I beat a player in the top 10. I know what to expect from her now. She is an incredible fighter who runs each ball. It will not be an easy match. I just have to show up on the court and play my game. "
TAKE YOUR CHANCE
Now the roles are a little reversed. Andreescu, 15th in the world, is the highest ranked player of the two and her recent successes make her a favorite to win the tournament.
Wozniacki, who confesses that she had very little information about the Canadian in their first clash, now knows a little more about it.
"I did not really know who she was. I remember playing pretty well in this match, but she still beat me. It was the first tournament of the year so I was not sure if it was me who had hit the ball badly or she who had played really well. Obviously, she had played well. She had an amazing year and won some big tournaments. She is playing with confidence right now, so it will be important for me to take advantage of every chance she gives me. "
ON THE BIG SCENE
By the way, on Thursday, after their respective victories, both Andreescu and Denis Shapovalov had expressed a desire to play their third-round duel on one of Flushing Meadows' main courts. Their wish will be granted.
Andreescu will face Wozniacki on the twelve noon strokes at Arthur-Ashe Stadium on Saturday. For his part, Shapovalov will cross swords with Frenchman Gael Monfils in an explosive duel at 7 pm on the Louis Armstrong, the second most important field at the US Open.
"The difference is significant," Shapo said Thursday night, speaking of the difference between playing on a secondary court and a principal. It's a different environment, a different atmosphere. […] I played on the Armstrong last year and the atmosphere was amazing. There were a lot of people coming to support me. "