World number 15 and in the best phase of her career, Beatriz Haddad Maia did not fight early Thursday (1) and was knocked out in the second round of the US Open, the year’s final Grand Slam, played on hard courts in New York.
The São Paulo native was knocked out by Bianca Andreescu of Canada, former top 5 and currently 48th in the world, 2 sets to 0 with partials 6/2 6/4 after 1 hour 28 minutes in the last match of the day on the Louis Armstrong field.
Bia, a WTA 1000 finalist in Toronto, Canada, has been following a poor Grand Slam, the world’s biggest event series where she has yet to make it to the second round. There are ten tournaments played and it always stops in the first or second phase. The consolation remains her first win of the tournament where she scored a 6/0 double against Croatian Ana Konjuh.
The Brazilian dominated in the first set, taking two breaks from the diversified Canadian, hitting winners and making very few mistakes. Score 6/2 in 33 minutes. In the second set, the Brazilian had two games 15/40 in which Bianca escaped with frequent choking and shaking. In the seventh game the Brazilian was finally unable to fight back, he was broken at the second opportunity. The profits roll in and Bianca seals victory.
The Brazilian made 30 unforced errors against just 14 of his rivals. He shot 20 winners to Andreescu’s eleven but wasted all five of his break chances.
She faces Caroline Garcia of France, the 17th favorite and looking to rock the trophy in Cincinnati, USA.
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