Former world No. 4 Bianca Andreescu was happy with the way she performed in her Rome opener even though she progressed into the second round following a Emma Raducanu retirement.
When the Rome draw was released, the match that drew the most attention was the one between 2019 US Open champion Andreescu and 2021 US Open champion Raducanu.
In a battle between two US Open champions, Andreescu looked much better as she had a comfortable 6-2 2-1 lead before Raducanu retired the match due to a back issue.
Andreescu was up by a set and a break before Raducanu decided to put an end to the match.
Andreescu, who is playing just her third tournament of the year, was asked afterward it that was her best match of the year.
“It’s definitely up there. Also my match with Danielle Collins in Madrid was very good. In my opinion, ‘very good’ for me is defined by consistency, effort, execution,” Andreescu said after the match, per Tennis Now.
Best match of year for Bianca Andreescu: “It’s definitely up there. Also my match with Danielle Collins in Madrid was very good. In my opinion, ‘very good’ for me is defined by consistency, effort, execution.” #IBI22
— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) May 10, 2022
Andreescu dominated Raducanu
Andreescu put the pressure on Raducanu’s serve right from the start but missed out on three break points in the opening game.
Andreescu didn’t get the first break in the opening game but broke Raducanu in the third and fifth games to open a comfortable 5-1 lead in the first set.
Raducanu served out the seventh game to end Andreescu’s run of five games and then Raducanu left the court to receive a medical timeout for a back injury.
When Raducanu returned and the match continued, Andreescu routinely served out for the first set.
Raducanu served out the opening game of the second set but it didn’t take long for Andreescu to claim her third break of the match.
After Andreescu claimed the first break of the second set in the third game, Raducanu walked up to the net and called it a match.
Andreescu is playing in Rome for the first time and she plays next Sara Sorribes Tormo.
After taking a lengthy break from tennis to address mental health, Andreescu returned feeling well and her joy for the game has returned.