NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canada's rising talent Bianca Andreescu defeated 17-year-old Katie Volynets 6-2 6-4 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
The 15th seed kept her 413th ranked opponent on the run with superior net play and fended off four of five break points in a gritty defensive performance.
The 19-year-old Andreescu fired off 29 winners compared to just six from Volynets to the delight of the decidedly pro-Canada crowd, who occasionally broke into cheers of "Let's go Bianca, let's go!"
The Canadian has been the subject of speculation over whether she could be the sport's latest star, despite having not yet made it past the second round of a Grand Slam.
Andreescu stunned Germany's three-times major winner Angelique Kerber in the final at Indian Wells this year and claimed the Rogers Cup this month after Serena Williams was forced to retire with a back spasm.
On Sunday, the Canadian was named this year's women's U.S. Open Series Breakout Performer.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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