The Canadian served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and also saw two break points vanish at 7-7 in the decider, but Andreescu was gracious in defeat as she praised the Slovenian’s performance.
“From my part, I didn't feel like I played good tennis today. But at the same time, she played really, really well,” the No.6 seed said.
“She threw me off a lot with her heavy, spinny shots and her variety. But at least thinking on the positive side I'm healthy, and I was able to fight as hard as I could.”
A shoulder injury prevented Andreescu taking to court for her second-round encounter at Roland-Garros 2019, while a recurring knee injury forced her to skip the 2020 edition. The 20-year-old's two matches last week in Strasbourg were the only matches she had played on the surface since her opening round in Paris two years ago.
The lack of match practice on the red dirt was not on Andreescu’s mind, however, expectations from the major champion were still high.