US Open: Bianca Andreescu beats lucky loser Greet Minnen to reach fourth round

2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu needed just 67 minutes to sweep aside lucky loser Greet Minnen and reach the US Open fourth round.

Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, returns a shot to Greet Minnen, of Belgium, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships.   -  AP

Bianca Andreescu improved her lifetime U.S. Open record to 10-0 by defeating Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday.

The first player from Canada to win a Grand Slam singles title returned to the tournament after sitting out last year; she missed the 2020 season after tearing the meniscus in her left knee.

The 21-year-old Andreescu seemingly picked up where she left off in 2019 when she pulled out a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Serena Williams to win the U.S. Open.

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She hasn't necessarily been forgotten in New York. The sixth-seeded Andreescu just hasn't been stamped as a serious threat to win it all.

“So far, I'm loving it,” she said. “I hope that it can continue like this the whole way, and I can be 14-0 at the U.S. Open.” Her win streak may not yet rival the streaks set by Rafael Nadal, who won his first 31 matches in the French Open, or Rod Laver, who won Wimbledon in his first two appearances as a professional, but they beat the alternative.

“I feel very grateful to have accomplished that and to be alongside all those amazing players,” she said.

“I hope that I can continue my streak and make it two in a row.” Up next, a match Monday against Maria Sakkari.

 

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