MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Serena Williams pulls out of the Miami Open. World No. 1 Naomi Osaka falls prey to the wizardry of Hsieh Su-Wei.
Roger Federer almost exits the tournament at the hands of the only Moldovian tennis player you’ve heard of.
The retiring David Ferrer takes out No. 2 Alexander Zverev.
But the biggest story overnight was three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber’s parting words to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, after losing to her twice within a week.
“You’re the biggest drama queen ever,” said Kerber, as she dispensed the trademark WTA Tour “drive-by” handshake.
Kerber was still trending on Twitter in Canada, 12 hours after Andreescu’s 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory.
❄️ "Biggest drama queen ever" ❄️
— DAZN CA (@DAZN_CA) March 24, 2019
Andreescu, meanwhile, has won 10 matches in a row on the U.S. sunshine swing, after coming through to win Indian Wells last week as a wild card.
She is now 31-3 on the season, including two Fed Cup victories against the Netherlands and the title at a WTA 125K tournament in Newport Beach, Calif.
Tight shoulder, sore body
The strapping on the shoulder, with tape running down her right arm and another bandage below the elbow, has been in place since that Indian Wells final.
And she has played three matches in four days in Miami. Andreescu had a medical timeout to try to loosen that shoulder, and the allowed two visits on changeovers subsequent to that to dispense more quick treatment.
It’s all a lot. The Canadian has been answering the same questions for two weeks. And a look at the video below will give an idea of just how repetitive some of those can be.
On a dramatic night that ended after 1:30 a.m., she was asked three times in the space of a few minutes about her next opponent, which will be Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. Twice by the same fellow, who rapidly changed the microphone flash to a different logo and asked the same questions again.
At this point, she has to feel as though she’s repeating herself. She might try to run into Roger Federer and see how he’s managed it for 15 years.
“Biggest drama queen”
In the cool light of day, Kerber thought better of the low-level trash talking, and issued a bit of a damage-control Tweet. It was the right thing to do.
— Angelique Kerber (@AngeliqueKerber) March 24, 2019
For Andreescu, Sunday brings a welcome day off from tennis, which she planned to fill with sleep and “a lot of treatment.”
Which didn’t mean she wasn’t somewhat aware of what had gone on at the net.
At the end of the video, you can see how she responded to questions about it from Ben Rothenberg, who writes for the New York Times and David Kane, who writes for the WTA Tour’s website.
If Andreescu is a little low on energy, this definitely isn’t the case for her beloved Coco.
You can see the furry female pooch running sprints all over the (fake) grass area just outside the court, after the late-night match was done.