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Andreescu drops third-round match to Italy's Paolini at Wimbledon


LONDON — Bianca Andreescu, of Mississauga, Ont., is out of the women's singles draw at Wimbledon after dropping her third-round match to French Open runner-up Jasmine Paolini of Italy in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-1 on Friday.

The seventh-seeded Paolini, who also ousted the Canadian in the third round at Roland-Garros last month, won 76 per cent of her first serves and broke Andreescu four times on seven opportunities in a match that lasted 91 minutes.

Andreescu committed 21 unforced errors, compared to 13 for Paolini.

The Italian recorded 17 winners in total, with 14 of them coming at the net.

“I tried to be aggressive because if not, she's going to run me (around) too much,” Paolini said. “The goal for me was to control the point from the beginning, with the serve and the return.”

Paolini's win sets up a fourth-round clash against either Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine or Madison Keys of the United States.

In men's play, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., began his match against American Ben Shelton on Friday, but rain suspended play with Shelton leading 3-2 in the opening set.

In women's doubles action, Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and New Zealand's Erin Routliffe were tied 1-1 in the first set against Russia's Kamilla Rakhimova and Irina Khromacheva when play was suspended. Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., and Japan's Ena Shibahara lost their opening set 6-2 to Estonia's Ingrid Neel and Norway's Ulrikke Eikeri before the suspension of play.

Andreescu and Paolini played under the retractable roof on No. 1 Court at the All England Club.

Shapovalov's match was rescheduled to Saturday afternoon local time, with Dabrowski and Fernandez's doubles matches also pushed to Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 5, 2024.