Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu avenged her most recent loss, ousting No.32 seed Sofia Kenin in the second round of the Miami Open.
WTA Staff
March 22, 2019

MIAMI, FL, USA -- Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada avenged her most recent loss at the Miami Open on Friday, dispatching No.32 seed Sofia Kenin of the United States, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the third round.

"I try not to overthink about what happened last week," Andreescu said, during her post-match press conference. "I know I just won a really big tournament, now I'm here in Miami.

"The only pressure I think is the pressure I put on myself. If I go into every match playing my best -- not playing my best but trying my best, because you can't play your best every match -- if you try [your] best every match, give 100 percent, that's all that matters to me."

20-year-old Kenin was the last player to defeat Andreescu, having beaten the Canadian in the semifinals of Acapulco last month. But 18-year-old Andreescu kept her run rolling following her first-ever WTA singles title at Indian Wells, picking up her ninth straight match win after her 92-minute victory over Kenin.

Andreescu told the press that after her loss to Kenin in Acapulco, she "got a sense of how [Kenin] plays. Obviously I was expecting the right things. I definitely played a lot better than in Acapulco."

The all-court affair featured a mix of powerful groundstrokes and wily touch and variety, but Andreescu won the day after giving herself more opportunities on big points. Kenin was a solid 3-for-5 on break points in the clash, but Andreescu notched 13 break points, converting six.

Andreescu, who beat Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round of both Indian Wells and Miami and has now faced Kenin twice in a month, could continue her déjà vu tour in the third round. No.8 seed Angelique Kerber, who she beat in the Indian Wells final, may await, if Kerber can get past Czech qualifier Karolina Muchova later on Friday.

It was Kenin who claimed the first significant lead of the encounter, using strong returning to break Andreescu to go up 2-1. But the Canadian was able to get level straight away, as Kenin squandered a 40-0 lead in her next service game before double faulting while down break point.

The players exchanged breaks once more before Kenin lost a 40-15 lead on her serve at 4-3, double faulting to slide back to deuce before Andreescu used more fiery forehands to attain another break and garner a chance to serve for the set at 5-3.

Andreescu jumped on that opportunity, blasting a second service ace to reach double set point. A crafty backhand dropshot by Kenin erased the Canadian’s first chance, but on the second set point, the American fired a return long to cede the one-set lead to Andreescu.

Andreescu had all the momentum as the players headed into the second set, and established a commanding lead by breaking Kenin in the first game, as the American again let a 40-15 lead slip before double faulting on break point. But Kenin continued to fight, leveling the set at 2-2 behind brilliant backhands.

Nevertheless, the Canadian never seemed in danger on the day, going up a break once more at 3-2, as her aggressive returning put her in control of that Kenin service game. Andreescu had a chance to go up a double break at 5-2, but fired an errant dropshot into the net on break point, allowing Kenin to hold for 4-3 and stay within touching distance.

But the big hitting by Andreescu continued, while Kenin fired numerous errors at 5-3 to set up triple match point for the teenager. Kenin saved the first with an ace, but on the second, the American slammed her seventh double fault of the tilt, allowing Andreescu to advance with a ninth straight victory on tour.