Bianca Andreescu played a fantastic 2019, crowning a climb of 147 positions in the world ranking after beating Serena Williams in the US Open final. The young Canadian had previously won at Indian Wells and the Toronto Rogers Cup during the year.
However, a number of injuries have kept her steady since then, with particular reference to a knee problem accused during the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. With the fourth position in the WTA ranking, reached on 21st October 2019, Bianca has become the Canadian tennis player with the best position ever in the ranking (surpassing her compatriot Eugenie Bouchard, who hoisted herself at number 5 in October 2014).
Andreescu missed the first few months of the 2020 season, including the Australian Open (due to her knee injury from the 2019 WTA Finals). She was to be unable to defend her title at the Indian Wells Open until the tournament and the next several months of the season were cancelled due to the coronavirus global pandemic.
“There’s good bad in every situation,” Andreescu said told TSN. “But for me, having these injuries at such a young age in my view I think are beneficial because it really helps me understand my body more and what I want physically and mentally.
Or knowing what my threshold is and all of that which will help me prevent more injuries in the future I would hope. So I’m trying to take it as a positive as much as I can because I’ve learned so much about myself during those times so I’m definitely grateful.
It’s a bittersweet period when that happens”. However, that certainly doesn’t appear to have dampened her ambitions. “Becoming world number one has always been up there,” Bianca added. “Maybe the French Open will be held in September, who knows, hopefully.
From the beginning of the year I spoke to my coach and the goal was to win the French Open. And since the French Open could still be a possibility then that’s still my goal and if I do that, I don’t know how the ranking system is going to be, but if I do that I think I’ll have a good chance to become No. 1”.