Bianca Andreescu admitted that she was blown away by how good Iga Swiatek is with the Canadian suffering a straight sets loss to the World No.1 at the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells who has been imperious in recent months.
Andreescu is seen by many as a potential rival to Swiatek if she can return to her pre-injury form and did her best to raise her game but conceded that Swiatek was simply too good.
Andreescu managed to force a second set tiebreaker but still lost in straight sets. “I know that my game was definitely going to level up to hers,” she said post match.
“I knew she was going to play well but I didn’t know she was going to play that well, but that’s what you have to expect from the World No.1.”
Andreescu was left to marvel at the control from Swiatek, who is likely delighted with the heavier balls and slower courts baked in the desert sun similar to her favourite surface of clay.
“She literally does not miss. You could hit any shot in the world and she literally will not miss. She’ll find a way to get to it, she’ll put it where she exactly wants it.”
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“Complete domination,” Andreescu said when asked about that tiebreak.
“I did not feel like I played much less than I played the whole match. She just pounced on every ball. I think I missed two shots.” Next up for Andreescu is next week's Miami Open.
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