Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu and her New Zealand playing partner Michael Venus lost 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 to Japan’s Miyu Kato and Germany’s Tim Puetz in the final of the mixed doubles tournament at the International French tennis, Thursday.
“The doubles matches here are a point here, a point there, but overall I think we played well,” Andreescu said. They raised their level of play at the right times.
“Yeah, it was a Grand Slam final. It was good to be here. It’s obviously a bit disappointing, but I think we did our best,” she concluded.
The Canadian, who still hopes to win more Grand Slam singles titles, enjoyed being able to play tennis until the end of a major tournament that spans two weeks.
“I forgot what it was like, but I’m glad I got to experience it again,” she said. Yeah, I will have to build on that for the next tournaments, and maybe until Wimbledon. »
Andreescu added that she particularly appreciated being on the court with less pressure than usual.
“I needed this, so that I could practice things that could be useful to me in singles. Sometimes I feel like I’m too serious, too critical of myself. It’s nice to have someone…to tell you that it’s okay, that you don’t have to worry, that you have to turn the page and think about the next point,” she explained. .
“I mean, I’m able to do it myself, but it’s always nice to have someone next to you saying it out loud to you,” Andreescu continued.
In singles, Czech Karolina Muchova meets Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in the first match of the women’s semi-finals later today. This duel will be followed by that between the favorite of the tournament, the Polish Iga Swiatek, and the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.