MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bianca Andreescu has followed up her wins last week over defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and seven-time major winner Venus Williams by qualifying for the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.
The 18-year-old Canadian would like to follow it up with another win over a big-name player — like No. 1 Simona Halep or Serena Williams.
First things first, though. After beating Tereza Smitkova on Friday to earn a spot in the main draw of a major for only the second time — her first was at Wimbledon in 2017 — Andreescu ended up with a first-round match against American wild-card entry Whitney Osuigwe, who finished last year ranked No. 226.
They’re in the same half as Halep and seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams, but in the lower quarter.
“With what happened last week, I think I can get pretty far into next week,” said Andreescu, who was leading 6-0, 4-1 when Smitkova retired with an injury. “And I’m just using momentum from last week. Hopefully I can do that next week as well.
“I think I used it pretty well in the qualifying matches, so I’m really pleased.”