Canada’s Bianca Andreescu defeated top-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-4, 6-1 in quarter-final play Thursday at the Bad Homburg Open.
The unseeded Andreescu, who has yet to lose a set at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, needed 82 minutes to complete the victory.
The 13th-ranked Kasatkina double-faulted six times and won only three of 17 points off her second serve. Andreescu, the world No. 64 from Mississauga, converted five of six break-point opportunities.
Andreescu, the WTA’s former No. 4 player, returned to the court in April after taking a multimonth break from tennis. She announced late last year that she would sit out the start of the 2022 season to recover physically and mentally from a “challenging” two years.
“It’s honestly, so amazing,” she said following her quarter-final win. “I’ve been through some rough times and just persevering through all of it, really makes all of these moments worth it.”
The Canadian will face either fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania or sixth-seeded American Amanda Anisimova in the semis.
It will be Andreescu’s first appearance in a semi-final this season. The 2019 U.S. Open champion also reached the quarter-finals last month in Rome before falling to top-ranked Iga Swiatek of Poland.