Bianca Andreescu of Canada returns to Ashleigh Barty of Australia during the finals at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Lynne Sladky

Bianca Andreescu of Canada returns to Ashleigh Barty of Australia during the finals at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Lynne Sladky

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu advances to Strasbourg quarterfinal

Andreescu has now won two matches in a row after a seven-week absence

STRASBOURG, France — Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is heading to the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg Open.

The tournament’s No. 1 seed, from Mississauga, Ont., beat Belgian qualifier Maryna Zanevska 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday at the WTA Tour 250 clay-court event.

Andreescu, the world No. 7, won all five of her break points against the 355th-ranked Zanevska.

The Canadian has now won two matches in a row after a seven-week absence.

Andreescu suffered a foot injury in the final of the Miami Open in early April.

The 20-year-old Andreescu tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Spain for the start of the clay-court season and didn’t play in Madrid or Rome.

The 2019 U.S. Open champion is 11-3 in 2021.

Andreescu will next face the winner of a match between No. 6 seed Zhang Shuai of China and Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

The event serves as a tune-up for next week’s French Open, the second Grand Slam of the season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2021.

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