Bianca Andreescu’s Extended Break from Tennis Has Served Her Well

Despite losing to Iga Swiatek, the top women’s player, at the Italian Open, Andreescu is heading to the French Open in a healthier place, mentally and physically.

ROME — Bianca Andreescu’s first Italian Open had just come to an understandable halt in the quarterfinals against Iga Swiatek, a steamroller disguised as a tennis star.

But even after failing to prevent the top-ranked Swiatek from extending her winning streak to 26 matches, Andreescu still took a seat in the Roman sunshine with a broad smile on her face.

Defeat at this stage does not have the same hard edge that defeat has had in other phases of her career.

“Honestly, I’m just fired up

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