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Andreescu embraces pressure ahead of US Open: "I love the hype"

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21.08.2019

SPORTSCENTRE Reporter

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ALBANY, NY – Even in an exhibition match with a sore knee, Bianca Andreescu refuses to lose.

After a slow start, the Canadian teenager stormed back winning five straight games to defeat Victoria Azarenka 6-2 on Tuesday night clinching the first ever Aurora Games tennis competition for Team Americas.

The event featured five one-set matches with no-ad scoring. There were three singles matches and two doubles matches. Andreescu, American Sofia Kenin and Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig represented Team Americas while Azarenka, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Spain's Garbine Muguruza represented Team World.

The players enjoyed the rare opportunity to experience a team environment with lots of laughing during the changeovers. But Andreescu was all business once she took the court in the anchor match catching her veteran opponent off guard.

"The las​t one was a little way too competitive," said Azarenka, who was playing Andreescu for the first time. "I thought we would be having a little bit more fun."​

With no instant replay available, Andreescu expres​sed some frustration with the umpiring arguing a few suspect line calls.

"The ref maybe missed five calls today," Andreescu said. "At two I was like, 'OK,' but five, I mean, that's too much. But at least he corrected himself twice, I think, towards the end so I was happy with that. I think I put some pressure on him."

What did Azarenka think?

"I don't care about that," the former World No. 1 said with a laugh. "I'm not 18-years-old."

For the record, Andreescu turned 19 in June.

After one point, Azarenka seemed to acknowledge a missed call and tried to give a point to Andreescu's team.

"She saw the ball was out too and I'm like, 'You'll need it,' so," Andreescu said breaking into a smile, "a........

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