Despite being peers and enemies in the junior ranks, 2019 US Open champion Andreescu and 2019 French Open semi-finalist Anisimova had never played professionally before, but their first meeting turned out to be unforgettable: in a titanic of two hours and 45 minutes, the Canadian edged out a 7 Affair -6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-4 to reach the round of 16.
“My game, I know it can be better, but I’m trying to find ways to get through my off days, and I think I’m doing it well,” Andreescu said after the game.
“I think that’s what makes a really good player, and I’m trying to be that very good player like I was in 2019. I did it today, and I just want to fight and give it your all and the rest will come. . ”
Andreescu needed more than an hour to seal a set lead in the game, as Anisimova saved all 10 break points she faced in four service games in the opener.
At 7-6 (5), 2-0, Andreescu found herself headed for a final set as Anisimova played her best tennis in the latter stages of the second, even after receiving medical attention for blisters in the hand. The two-time detained American serves to stay there, trailing 5-4 and 6-5, and won five of the first six points in the ensuing tie-breaker.
After also receiving medical time out as she trailed 2-1, the decisive break for Andreescu came in Game 5 of the final set, and she was never again challenged on serve to leave. of the.
In all, the Canadian lost only four points on serve in the decider, and wanted to seal the game.
“I felt very good mentally before the game, then on the pitch, I felt really good. It’s hard to play a player she’s super erratic. She just slaps every bullet, but she slaps him real good. I don’t mean to say but she’s a very good player, ”said Andreescu.
” It was hard. I was getting to a lot of balloons that I thought I couldn’t even get. But it just shows that all the preparation I put in really pays off. ”
Andreescu will then have a quick rotation as she takes on Garbiñe Muguruza on Monday night for a place in the quarter-finals. The Canadian dominated in the pair’s last meeting in a WTA 1000 event, a 6-0, 6-1 victory at Indian Wells in 2019 – a tournament Andreescu subsequently won.
“I’m going to do my best with the treatment, the better with the food, the better with the sleep, all of that. I have been here before. I have played tough matches like this. [and] had to play the next day so I know what to expect, ”Andreescu said.
“I have to be on my A-match tomorrow because I know Muguruza is very difficult to play. ”
Earlier in the evening, Jabeur, previously 0-4 against Kenin at the WTA main draw and 0-8 in sets, hit 40 winners and 11 aces to secure his third career victory over a Top 5 player. and move on to the fourth round. meeting with the Spanish in form Sara Sorribes Tormo.
The Tunisian looked like she lost to Kenin for the fifth time in the past two years when she fell 3-1 behind in the final set, but rallied to win five of the last six to close a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win in one hour and 47 minutes.
“It was an incredible game today. Honestly, I tried to play my game and play for revenge because I lost a lot to Sofia, ”Jabeur said after the game.
“She’s such an amazing player, but I was there, I was confident, I wanted to win and really play well and play my game. I’m so proud to have won today. It’s amazing here in Miami. I’ve been training hard… and I’m just trying to get back to the best game I can play. ”
Jabeur and Sorribes Tormo have played between ITF and WTA tournaments five times since 2013, with the Tunisian victorious four times. They last played in the first round of qualifying for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2019 in Rome in 2019, where Jabeur won, 6-0, 6-2.
“Tomorrow will be a very difficult game. Sorribes has been playing really well lately and has won a lot of matches, ”said Jabeur.
“She’s a good friend of mine on tour, and honestly, I love playing with her. I love the way he plays. I have to be physically and mentally prepared to win, and I hope the journey continues for me. ”