Canadian eighth seed Bianca Andreescu was made to work onerous on her return to competitors after 15 months, the 2019 U.S. Open winner digging deep to see off Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-2 4-6 6-3 within the Australian Open first spherical on Monday.
The 20-year-old, taking part in her first match since retiring from the 2019 WTA Finals in Shenzhen with a knee damage, moved assuredly on court docket and confirmed no indicators of discomfort in opposition to the world quantity 138.
Regardless of going by way of 14 days of onerous quarantine after arriving in Australia, Andreescu breezed by way of the opening set with two breaks of serve.
Nevertheless, Buzarnescu, 32, raised her recreation within the second set and levelled the match because the Andreescu’s unforced error rely started to creep up.
Down 0-40 and going through a break at 3-3 within the decider, Andreescu managed to discover a totally different gear to carry serve after which gained the subsequent two video games to seal victory.
She faces a second-round matchup in opposition to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, who earlier beat U.S. Open quarter-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-5 6-2.