Bianca Andreescu: "I continue with tennis for a better world"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 3836
Bianca Andreescu, former world number 4, in an interview with the official website of the WTA confessed to having had really difficult moments humanly speaking. The Canadian tennis player, however, will take the WTA in Stuttgart as an opportunity to find herself and her tennis after this long period of difficulty in which she has even thought about ending her career.
She said: "I'll be very honest with what I'm going to say: I wanted to leave tennis forever. I've been through very bad times and now I feel privileged to be dedicated to this. It's been a very hard two and a half years, full of problems and there was a moment when I couldn't continue to deal with them."
Andreescu: "I decided to continue with tennis for a better world"
In the course of her in-depth chat granted to the microphones of the official website of the WTA, in which she examined her malaise experienced in the last two and a half years, Bianca Andreescu revealed her decision, which she made by helping herself to some spiritual activities in Costa Rica such as yoga and nature exploration.
She explained: "I realized that I love this sport and that I want to continue my career, not so much to win big titles, but to contribute to a better world. My tool for achieving this is tennis. I feel like I've taken enough free time.
I miss that fire I feel when I compete and now I can put into practice many of the things I have learned. I was constantly under stress and I realized I couldn't go on like this, it wasn't healthy. Even if I won, I was very hard on myself." As the eighth seeded, she did not take part in the first round, moving directly to the next.
She imposed herself on Tereza Martincová in two partial, only to face Amanda Anisimova; against the American, Andreescu fought for three hours and managed to get the better with a score of 7–6 (4) 6 (2) –7 6–4.
In the round of 16 she faced Garbiñe Muguruza, managing to eliminate her in a comeback with the score of 3–6 6–3 6–2. For a place in the semifinals, she clashed against another Spaniard: Sara Sorribes Tormo, revelation of 2021.
Andreescu won after 2 hours and 35 minutes in three sets, making up 1–4 in the first set. She thus joined Maria Sakkari in the next shift, executioner of the then world number two Naomi Osaka. In the semifinals, the Canadian won with a score of 7-6 (7) 3-6 7-6 (4) in 2 hours and 42 minutes, making it to the final, where she met former world number one Ashleigh Barty.
On this occasion, however, unfortunately, she was forced to retire on the score of 3–6 0–4 due to an ankle injury.