China Open 2019: Bianca Andreescu upbeat about brewing rivalry with Naomi Osaka after losing three-set quarter-final

Andreescu said that her match against Naomi Osaka could have gone either way and said that there will be plenty of tight matches between the two in the future

Agence France-Presse October 05, 2019 13:43:23 IST
China Open 2019: Bianca Andreescu upbeat about brewing rivalry with Naomi Osaka after losing three-set quarter-final
  • The first installment between two of tennis's brightest young talents did not disappoint.

  • The 19-year-old Canadian was upbeat despite squandering a one-set lead, Osaka reining in the US Open champion for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in Beijing

  • Friday's defeat brought an end to Andreescu's run of 17 wins on the spin, but she said she felt she was playing better than when she stunned Serena Williams in the US Open final

Beijing: Bianca Andreescu is relishing an extended rivalry with Naomi Osaka after their first match went to three riveting sets in the China Open quarter-finals.

China Open 2019 Bianca Andreescu upbeat about brewing rivalry with Naomi Osaka after losing threeset quarterfinal

Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka acknowledge each other after their quarter-final match. AP

The 19-year-old Canadian was upbeat despite squandering a one-set lead, Osaka reining in the US Open champion for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in Beijing.

The first instalment between two of tennis's brightest young talents did not disappoint.

"I was really excited," said the World No 6 Andreescu, whose ascent into the women's elite has been breathtaking — she was ranked 240th this time last year.

"I think I was more focused than usual, it's usually like that when I play top players. I think we're going to have many matches like this."

"Our game styles are pretty different, but they level up pretty equally."

Friday's defeat brought an end to Andreescu's run of 17 wins on the spin, but she said she felt she was playing better than when she stunned Serena Williams in the US Open final.

"Holy crap, that was crazy."

"I put on a fight. Honestly, it could have gone either way," she said. "It was just some points here and there. I really fought, especially in that last game."

 

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