Canada’s Bianca Andreescu suffered another disappointment on Wednesday when she lost to Czech Karolina Mochova, who won 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16 in Cincinnati.
The competition’s seventh seed and world’s eighth-ranked player surrendered after an hour and 26 minute battle, during which she saw her opponent five times break on eight occasions. For its part, Ontarians received the opponent’s serve twice in seven attempts. She won only 47.1% of the points played on her first serve. At number 23 of the WTA Tour, Muchova controlled 64-49 of the total points earned.
Andreescu has had trouble recently, after suffering a disqualification in the third round of the National Bank Open in Montreal last week. After securing a pass to the second round, she beat Britain’s Harriet Dart in three sets and then bowed to Tunisian Anas Jabeur on Thursday.
Previously, the 2019 US Open champion was dusting off her debut at Wimbledon, losing 6-2 6-1 to France’s Alize Cornet.
Felix Auger-Aliassime barely, but passes
Quebec’s Felix Auger-Aliassime battled hard against Russia’s Karen Khachanov in a second-round match at Cincinnati on Wednesday, but came back from behind to win 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4.
After starting the fight around 10 am, the winner needed 2 hours and 52 minutes to defeat his strong opponent, who is ranked 30th in the world. In the final, he had the upper hand by winning a few long main rallies, and eventually made a timely break.
Auger-Aliassime got 90% of the points when the first balls were in his hand. Under similar conditions, Khachanov showed a success rate of 67%. Fleurdelisé athlete gave himself 13 break opportunities and took them three times. He only had to save his dispatch once.
The world’s 17th player will face a complicated task in the next round, where he will face Italian Matteo Berrettini, the fifth seed in the tournament and eighth racket of the ATP. So it will be a resumption of the 2021 Wimbledon quarter-finals: the European won 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.
In the meantime, Auger-Aliassime will return to the field later today. Along with New Zealander Marcus Daniel, he will cross swords with Americans Steve Johnson and Austin Krajesek.
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