The Australian Open saw some big-name casualties in the second round with both Bianca Andreescu and Petra Kvitova crashing out.
Former US Open champion Andreescu was out-thought throughout by the experienced Hsieh Su-wei, losing 6-3, 6-2 and never looking like playing her way back into the match.
Afterwards, though, she resisted the urge to make excuses, insisting instead that she just needs matches after so long on the sidelines with injury.
“I know that my preparation was the best preparation that I think I’ve ever had,” Bianca Andreescu said.
“So I feel confident with that. I think now it’s just getting back into play, and it’s good to know that I still have that fighting spirit in me.
“I’m able to give it my all on the court. I think you see that more in the first match than this match, but also being healthy.
“I feel really good. After my first round, I thought I would feel more exhausted, but I felt amazing.
“I got off the court and I was looking at my coach, and I said I’m just disappointed that today that was my all because I know I gave my all today and to me I think that was the most disappointing part.
“I didn’t put expectations on myself. There’s always unconscious expectations for sure, but verbal expectations, not really.
“So I’m just going to take this as a learning curve and bounce back for the next tournament.”
Kvitova, meanwhile, was stunned 6-4, 1-6, 6- by Romanian Sorana Cristea.
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