After eliminating the favorite at the Bad Homburg Tennis Championships the day before, Canadian Bianca Andreescu took advantage of Romania’s Simona Halep’s injury package to secure a ticket to qualify for Friday’s final.
The WTA reported that the 30-year-old had a neck injury that prevented her from playing. The former world number one and the fourth seed in Germany had easily dominated the previous rounds over American Amanda Anisimova and Slovenian Tamara Zidansek.
Unfortunately, I woke up this morning [vendredi] With my neck locked and not letting me compete at my best,” Halep wrote on his Twitter account.
Andreescu recovered in Hamburg, convincingly beating Russian Daria Kasatkina in straight sets 6-4 6-1 on Thursday in the quarter-finals.
In Saturday’s final, the 22-year-old Ontarian will take on swordsmen with Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia (75th), who picked up her compatriot Alizee Cornet’s best in the other semi-final in three sets of 7-6 (9), 3-6 and 7- 5. This will be the first duel between the players.
Affected by injuries, Andreescu has descended the WTA ladder and now finds herself 64th. She will be in the final of the tournament for the first time since April 2021, when she was defeated in the final by Ashley Barty in Miami.
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