Bad Homburg | Andreescu stops Swan to advance to quarter-final with Kasatkina

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu brought Katie Swan’s run to an end at the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Voelkers as she reached the quarter-finals on Wednesday with a 6-4 6- win over the British No 8, while Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep also booked places in the Last 8 with straight set wins.

I am really doing my best at enjoying the process, and it’s not always easy, but I know it’s worth it because I have big dreams and I am super happy. Bianca Andreescu

It took the former US Open champion an hour and 37 minutes to complete her task over the British qualifier, finishing with 3 aces and 35 winners to reach the Last 8 at a grass court event for the first time in her career.

“The match was not easy, she was serving very well and I was a bit shaky in the first set and a half with my return, but I got it at the end, and I am very happy,” Andreescu said later.

Swan got off to a nervous start in the opening game of the match, and the Canadian pounced, getting the early break at the 3rd time of asking to take a 1-0 lead, but was broken back the very next game.

Andreescu saved a break point to hold serve at 2-2 and, at 3-3, got the crucial break before successfully consolidating to serve out the first set.

Swan saved two break points in the first game of the second, and the set stayed on serve again until 3-3, when the Canadian secured another break with a stunning return forehand winner, which was enough for her then to serve out the match and book her spot in the quarter-finals.

“I am really doing my best at enjoying the process, and it’s not always easy, but I know it’s worth it because I have big dreams and I am super happy,” Andreescu responded after being asked what it was like to be back on tour.

Andreescu will face the No 1 seed on Thursday as she takes on Daria Kasatkina, the pair having only met once before when the Canadian beat her at the Rogers Cup in 2019.

Defending champion Kerber, seeded 3rd, comfortably beat Italy’s Lucia Bronzetti, 6-2 6-3, to set up a meeting with Alizé Cornet from France, who took out Germany’s Tatjana Maria, 7-6(4) 6-4.

Kerber is now 7-0 in front of her home fans at Bad Homburg since the tournament made its tour debut here last year.

Halep powered past Tamara Zidanšek from Slovenia, 6-0 6-3, to continue her solid start to the grass-court season after reaching the semi-finals in Birmingham last week.

Next up for the Romanian is Amanda Anisimova, who needed just 50 minutes to beat fellow American Ann Li, 6-0 6-2.

Sabine Lisicki, another German favourite, is making a comeback to the WTA Tour after knee injuries hampered her for a long spell, and the former Wimbledon finalist reached the quarter-finals of a full tour event for the first time since February 2018 when she beat Belgian Greet Minnen, 6-3 2-6 6-2, also on Wednesday.


The stadium at the Bad Homburg Open presented by Engel & Voelkers

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