Canadian Bianca Andreescu advances to semifinals in WTA Tour 250 event in Australia

Canada's Bianca Andreescu makes a backhand return during her second round match against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is heading to the semifinals of the Phillip Island Trophy.

The No. 2 seed, from Mississauga, Ont., beat world No. 74 Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Andreescu, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, is now 4-1 in 2021 after ending a 15-month absence from the tour.

She will face No. 13 seed Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in the semis.

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Andreescu is now 3-1 against Begu.

The 20-year-old Canadian entered the new WTA Tour 250 event for early losers at the ongoing Australian Open after being ousted in the second round of the Grand Slam last week.

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Ranked ninth in the world, Andreescu got a bye in the first round of the Phillip Island Trophy before topping the 85th-ranked Madison Brengle in the second round and the 83rd-ranked Zarina Diyas in the round of 16.