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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Bianca Andreescu, a former Grand Slam champion, will miss the Australian open

Bianca Andreescu

Key Takeaways:

  • Bianca Andreescu reveals that spending time isolated in quarantined hotels took a mental and physical toll.
  • As a result, she did not feel like herself while training and playing matches.

The 21-year-old Canadian will miss the Australian Open, which begins on January 17. Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open women’s singles champion, has announced she will miss the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Andreescu took to social media to explain why she was skipping Australia’s summer swing. The 21-year-old says she needs time to “reset” and “recover” from a difficult period in her life, both mentally and physically.

“I felt like I was taking the world on my shoulders,” Andreescu said, adding that her grandmother spent weeks in the intensive care unit due to a Covid infection. “I couldn’t get away from everything that was going on off the court; I was feeling the collective sadness and turmoil around me, and it took a toll on me.”

Bianca Andreescu champion
Bianca Andreescu champion; image from Polish

Andreescu became Canada’s 1st Grand Slam singles champion in 2019 when she defeated Serena Williams in the final in New York. Still, she suffered many injuries beginning with a knee injury at that year’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

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She withdrew from this year’s Tokyo Olympics, citing all of the challenges associated with the pandemic. Andreescu did not say when she would return to the WTA Tour. In October, she last competed at Indian Wells, where her title defense was cut short in the third round by Anett Kontaveit.

“I need to give myself more time to reset, recover, also grow from this, and continue to inspirit by doing charity work, giving back, or working on myself because I know I will come back stronger than ever,” she said.

“As a result, I will not begin my season in Australia this year but will instead take some extra time to reflect, train, and prepare for the upcoming 2022 tennis season.”

Source: sky sports

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