Shomporko Correspondent: Bianca Andreescu of Canada is out of the French Open after losing in the first round. The No. 6 seed, from Mississauga, Ont., lost 6-7 (1), 7-6 (2), 9-7 to world No. 85 Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia on Monday in a three-hour, 20-minute match at the clay-court Grand Slam.
For the first time in her career, Zidansek has advanced to the second round of the French Open after defeating a top-10 opponent.
It was only Andreescu’s fourth match on clay in her professional career, and her first loss.
Andreescu, 20, withdrew from last week’s Strasbourg warm-up event after winning two sets due to abdominal problems.
The 2019 U.S. Open winner had been out for seven weeks before that. Andreescu broke his foot in the final of the Miami Open in April, and when he returned to Spain for the start of the clay-court season, he tested positive for COVID-19.
Andreescu did not play at all in 2020 after suffering a knee injury at the WTA Finals in 2019.
Andreescu made 63 unforced errors on Monday, 17 more than her opponent.
Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., the other Canadian in the women’s singles draw, won her first-round match on Sunday.
Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, the lone Canadian in the men’s singles draw, plays his first-round match Tuesday.