Canadian favourite Bianca Andreescu has hit back at her critics after she was accused of gamesmanship in her first round win in Toronto.
Andreescu was involved in a dramatic two-set victory over Daria Kasatkina where she called a Medical Time Out and took her time in vital moments of the match.
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The Canadian drew criticism after taking long breaks between sets and in the first set tiebreak.
During the tiebreaker, Andreescu sat down and took a long time to emerge.
Andreescu came away with the hard-fought victory, but viewers pointed out that her opponent offered a 'cold' handshake after the match.
The Canadian is no stranger to criticism with Angelique Kerber once hailing Andreescu a 'drama queen'.
But, this time, her behaviour garnered plenty of criticism as many claimed Andreescu was using 'gamesmanship' to put her opponent off.
Lots of salt in that handshake - didn't look like Daria Kasatkina appreciated Bianca Andreescu's long break between sets -- and sitting down early in the breaker.
But from this drama to Bibi vs. Alize Cornet??? Sign me up.#NBO22
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) August 10, 2022
@Bandreescu_ was a disgrace tonight! Her gamesmanship was disgusting. Sitting down in the middle of the tiebreak was ridiculous and she should have been penalized. Kasatkina was rightfully pissed. The 7 min break after set one was also wrong. #RogersCup #NationalBankOpen
— Michael Stephen Emmett (@MemmettEmmett) August 10, 2022
Bianca Andreescu somehow manages to take that first set 7-6(5) vs Daria Kasatkina despite having her blood pressure checked and also being visited again a few points into the breaker by trainers and medical staff.
The #NBO22 crowd approves. pic.twitter.com/tYv9faowtf
— Mike McIntyre (@McIntyreTennis) August 10, 2022
You are not wrong. Gamesmanship Andreescu is at it. It's so bad, this phenomenon, in women's tennis. 🤷♂️
— ' (@K12EU) August 10, 2022
Andreescu. "I'm so sorry for my attitude. I don't what happened, never felt like that".
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 10, 2022
Yeah awful behavior from Andreescu. Impacted a lot Kasatkina. Worst match from Kasatkina since a while.
— NEO (@NeoBetting) August 10, 2022
Love Dasha giving Bianca Andreescu the coldest handshake.
Bianca will have icicles hanging from her ears after that one.
You know you're developing a reputation for being a drama queen when you have to address the crowd and make an excuse about it on the on-court interview.
— Tennis Out of Context (@tennisooc) August 10, 2022
The home crowd supported Andreescu throughout the match and the 22-year-old addressed the drama immediately in her on-court interview.
"I don't want to be dramatic, even though...I was honestly a mess," she said.
"I am so sorry for my attitude. I really did not feel well."
She then told the media her time out was not due to her previous injury.
"It has nothing to do with my back. I felt really dizzy," she said.
"Maybe something that I ate or all the stress leading up to the tournament. I felt good today leading up to the match."
"If it wasn't for them I don't think I would have pulled through, because they really gave me a lot of positive energy," she added about the crowd.
"I hit a shot and I was just like, I was seeing double almost. So that was kind of like the point where I didn't feel the best."
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) August 10, 2022
Bianca Andreescu hits out at critics
Despite her apology, Andreescu wasn't done.
The 22-year-old took to social media overnight to hit back at her critics that continued to call her out for her behaviour.
“I genuinely did not feel good,” Andreescu wrote on social media.
“I definitely did not mean to cause any harm/distraction or whatever people have been calling it to my opponent or anyone in that matter…It just makes me sad to see that people really believe that.
"Us athletes go through injuries, sickness etc, the last thing I want to do is put more of that energy in the air, especially if it’s fake?”
"Try being in our position and see how y'all do."
She also added: "I am only human."
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