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Tennis: Bianca Andreescu reaches the quarter-finals at the Bad Homburg tournament

BAD HOMBURG VOR DER HÖHE, Germany — Canada’s Bianca Andreescu defeated Britain’s Katie Swan 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 16 at the Bad Homburg tournament on Wednesday.

Andreescu, the 64th racket in the world, ended the duel on the German lawn after 1 hour and 37 minutes of play.

It was the first match between the two players since the first round of qualifying for the Australian Open in 2019. Swan then retired, trailing 1-6.

This time around, the Ontarian proved to be more efficient than her opponent on serve, both with her first serve and with her second. However, she was outscored 7-3 in aces.

Additionally, Andreescu converted three of his seven break points against Swan. The latter only broke the Maple Leaf representative once in two opportunities.

Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, will face tournament favorite Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the quarterfinals. The latter continued on her way after taking the measure of the German Jule Niemeier 6-1, 3-6 and 6-1.

In other matches on Wednesday, Germany’s Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki as well as Romania’s Simona Halep also earned their way to the quarter-finals.

Kerber, the defending champion and third seed, beat Lucia Bronzetti 6-2, 6-3. She will next face France’s Alizé Cornet, who beat Tatjana Maria 7-6 (4), 6-4.

As for Lisicki, she defeated Greet Minnen 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-final stage of a WTA regular tour tournament for the first times since February 2018.

For her part, Halep had no trouble beating Tamara Zidansek 6-0, 6-3. Her next rival will be American Amanda Anisimova, who only needed 50 minutes to knock out compatriot Ann Li 6-0, 6-2.

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