Andreescu Loses Lead In Libema Opem Final To Miss Out On Her First Title Since 2019 US Open

Andreescu Loses Lead In Libema Opem Final To Miss Out On Her First Title Since 2019 US Open

by Zachary Wimer

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Bianca Andreescu had a fantastic week at the 2024 Libema Open, making the final, but she wasn't able to go all the way and win the trophy.

The Canadian is no stranger to playing well. She certainly wanted to finish off this week perfectly to win a WTA 250 trophy, which would have been her first since her memorable 2019 US Open win.

It was only the second event she was playing after returning from injury, so to have a chance to finish that with a trophy was just amazing for Andreescu. It was also pretty important for her on a personal level because she's endured so much heartbreak in recent years that it was long overdue.

She hasn't won a trophy since 2019, mostly because of injuries. The final match in Den Bosch started well for her, as the Canadian was able to comfortably outplay Samsonova in the opening set.

That's notable because the Russian is a very good player on grass and has impressive results. They traded breaks early in that opening set, but eventually, Andreescu was able to put things under control and win the opening set 6-4.

The second set didn't go so well because Andreescu lost her serve early, giving Samsonova a 3-0 lead. She took a medical timeout after that but she continued playing.

She even pulled back the break, but then she lost her serve once more to lose the second set 3-6. The match went into the decider, in which Samsonova looked closer to winning simply because she looked more sure of her game.

Break points came fairly quickly, as the Russian had them in the set's third game, and she broke for a 2-1 lead. From there, it was a very competitive set, with Andreescu pulling back the break and even taking a 5-4 lead, but in the end, it was still Samsonova who won the match with the final score being 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.


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