What was the most noticeable extraneous detail from the match between Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka Friday night in Beijing?
(No, not the fact that darling good-luck charm Coco Andreescu wasn’t there. But yes, that, too).
For the first time in recent memory, there was a significant accessory missing from the 19-year-old Canadian’s on-court kit.
THE HAIR BAND!
The coiled elastic, a staple of Andreescu’s wardrobe even on cooler days when she wore a long-sleeved top, was conspicuously missing Friday during her match against Osaka.
Was it just a coincidence that this was the night that the Canadian’s many streaks ended?
INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!!!!!
Messing with the mojo
Of course, the absence of the trademark tie had nothing to do with Andreescu’s defeat in a fascinating first matchup between these two young stars.
Still, it’s a fascinating coincidence.
Andreescu has worn the thing since her pre-season block at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
This may well be the first known documented evidence of the new phenomenon.
Andreescu has even worn it when it was cool out – over her top.
But not always; the pic below was during Andreescu’s third-round win over Stefanie Voegele at Indian Wells. In the fourth-round win over Qiang Wang, wearing the same top, the elastic didn’t appear to have come out of the bag.
The Canadian stuck to her routine her matches earlier in the tournament, wins against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Jennifer Brady and Elise Mertens.
But on Friday? A blank space.
(Worth noting that the squiggly tan line we’d have expected on that right arm is not, in fact, an issue).
Just a guess, but there’s a chance it won’t go missing again.
Or maybe it’s the start of a new Andreesca hairtie-free era?
We shall see, in Shenzhen. You wouldn’t want an inanimate object to lay claim to a chunk of your winnings.