BAD HOMBURG, Germany. Bianca Andreescu advanced to her first semi-final in over a year and was first on grass by beating first-place Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-1 at the Bad Homburg Open on Thursday.
The former US Open winner broke Kasatkina’s serve five times in a dominant record. It’s the closest Andreescu has come to a title since she took time off to recharge and work on her mental health by missing the Australian Open before returning to tour in April.
The Canadian’s most recent title win was her standout win at the 2019 US Open, and her most recent final was in Miami in April 2021. During this time, Andreescu developed her interests away from the court, playing music and writing a children’s book inspired by her childhood. on the tennis court.
Andreescu, 22, will play Simona Halep, whose swift 6-2, 6-1 win over Amanda Anisimova took her to the semi-finals in a row after reaching the top four in Birmingham last week.
Reigning champion Angelique Kerber lost for the first time in Bad Homburg when Alize Cornet beat her 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
Cornet’s opponent in the semi-final was Caroline Garcia after the French beat Sabina Lisicki 6-3, 7-6 (7). Lisicki competed in her first tour-level quarterfinal match since 2018 after battling knee injuries for years.