Russian number one suffers from early exit

Daria Kasatkina fell at the first hurdle against Bianca Andreescu in Canada

Russian women’s tennis number one Daria Kasatkina was unable to continue her impressive recent form as she suffered a first-round exit against Bianca Andreescu at the Canadian Open on Tuesday.

After winning the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose over the weekend, Kasatkina was edged out by her Canadian rival in Toronto on the way to a straight-sets loss, 6-7 (5-7) 4-6.

Kasatkina reached a career-high world number nine this week and was ranked 11th in Canada, but lost to former US Open champion Andreescu.

Andreescu, who won the Canadian hard-court showpiece in 2019, picked up a second victory in 2022 against his Russian opponent, after defeating Kasatkina in the quarter-finals of the Bad Homburg Open in June.

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At the Canadian Open – also known as the National Bank Open – Andreescu finished with 31 winners to Kasatkina’s 18.

The first set in particular saw little to separate the pair, with Andreescu eventually winning in a tiebreaker in an opening stanza that lasted 85 minutes.

Andreescu, 22, will face Alize Cornet of France in the next round.

The main focus for Kasatkina, 25, and the rest of the North American swing players on the WTA tour will be the US Open which kicks off on August 29.

Kasatkina reached a first semi-final in her last Grand Slam appearance at Roland Garros, before being forced to miss Wimbledon with her compatriots.

Kasatkina’s best run at the US Open so far is reaching the last 16, which she achieved in 2017.

Away from the tennis court, Kasatkina has been making headlines in recent weeks after announcing in a YouTube interview that she is gay.

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