(Rome) Canada’s Bianca Andreescu defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain 6-3, 7-6 (4) to advance to the round of 16 at the Italian Tennis Open on Wednesday.

It was the first career game between the two players, and the Ontarian ended it after an hour and 38 minutes on Roman clay.

The 2019 US Open champion out-served Parrizas Diaz, winning the point with her first serve 67.4% and 51.9% with her second serve.

By comparison, the Spaniard, who advanced to the main draw of the tournament thanks to a last-minute withdrawal, posted success rates of only 57.9% in first serve, and 44.4% in second.

Andreescu was also broken just three times in 12 chances — most of Parrizas Diaz’s chances came in the second set — as she converted all four of her opportunities against the No. 51 player in the world.

Andreescu, ranked 90th in the world, set the stage for a round of 16 duel against Croatian Petra Martic, who upset fifth-seeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-3.

On the other hand, Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez will have an appointment a little later today with Russian Daria Kasatkina.

For her part, Ontarian Gabriela Dabrowski and her Mexican playing partner Giuliana Olmos will cross swords in the round of 16 with Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova and Kazakh Anna Danilina.



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