Andreescu defeats Belgian qualifier at Strasbourg Open, securing quarter-final berth


Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is heading to the quarter-finals of the Strasbourg Open.

The tournament’s No. 1 seed, from Mississauga, Ont., beat Belgian qualifier Maryna Zanevska 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday at the WTA Tour 250 clay-court event in France.

Andreescu, the world No. 7, won all five of her break points against the 259th-ranked Zanevska. The Canadian has now won two matches in a row after a seven-week absence.

Andreescu suffered a foot injury in the final of the Miami Open in early April.

The 20-year-old Andreescu tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Spain for the start of the clay-court season and didn’t play in Madrid or Rome.

The 2019 U.S. Open champion is 11-3 in 2021.

Andreescu will next face the winner of a match between No. 6 seed Zhang Shuai of China and Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

The event serves as a tune-up for next week’s French Open, the second Grand Slam of the season.

WATCH | Andreescu beats Lazaro Garcia in Monday’s opening round:

No. 1 seed Bianca Andreescu returned after being out since March due to injury and COVID-19. The Mississauga native showed little rust and defeated qualifier Andrea Lazaro Garcia 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round in Strasbourg, France. 1:41

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