(Miami) Canada’s Bianca Andreescu advanced to the second round of the Miami Tennis Open by winning a duel of former US Open champions against Britain’s Emma Raducanu 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 , Wednesday.
Andreescu improved to 2-0 against Raducanu. She made seven aces, against two for the Briton. Andreescu won 67.2% of his first serve points.
The Canadian, who won the US Open in 2019, faced 12 break points and saved 11. Andreescu broke her opponent’s serve three times in 11 attempts.
Raducanu, who came to Miami as 72e world racket, won the United States Open in 2021, beating Lavallois Leylah Fernandez in the final.
Andreescu, 31e in the world, improved to 7-6 this season and will be looking to advance to the second round of a tournament for only the second time this year.
She will face the Greek Maria Sakkari, seeded seventh. Andreescu had beaten Sakkari in the semi-finals of this same tournament in 2021 before retiring in the final, against Ashleigh Barty.
Sakkari won the second encounter between the two players, later that same year, in the fourth round of the United States Open.
Andreescu joined fellow Canadians Rebecca Marino and Katherine Sebov, who also won their first-round match on Tuesday in women’s singles.
Fernandez is trying to pull off a perfect first round for the Canadians as she faces Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko later in the day on Wednesday.