In 2021, Bianca Andreescu overtook Mihaela Buzarnescu before losing to Su-wei Hsieh in the second round of the Australian Open 2021, while at the Phillip Island Trophy in Melbourne she reached the semifinal, stopped by Marie Bouzkova.
Speaking with The Globe and Mail, Andreescu commented on the importance of her interest in mandala art in the long period away from the Tour. She said: "These cosmic diagrams of the universe have served me a lot on a creative level.
They helped me stabilize, integrate and rearrange my inner life. They helped me tremendously when I went through times of stress or when I couldn't sleep thinking about the long injury I was facing. I recommend them to anyone who is having a hard time.
They are very therapeutic. We tennis players travel the world all the time and having so much free time has been a blessing.
Bianca Andreescu: "I feel stronger than ever"
I had the opportunity to do some things that I otherwise would not have been able to do if I had been on the circuit playing tournaments.
I developed new habits, new passions. It was very good for my mental health and certainly for my physical health as I was injured and needed to rest to recover 100%. I remember when I was preparing for the Australian Open, I burst into tears because I was going back to playing a tournament.
It was very difficult to prepare for my return knowing that I had so many months to get back in shape. Sometimes I didn't even want to get out of bed, but I told myself that I had to keep working if I wanted to fulfill my dream of becoming number one in the world.
I know my tennis is here. What I need most is to improve my physical appearance and find the rhythm of the competition. We have had a lot of time to work on this, but I think we will end up doing it based on the matches. I feel stronger than ever."
Born in 2000, young Bianca Andreescu became world number 4 in 2019, shortly after triumphing at the US Open in New York in what was the first Grand Slam triumph of her career. The Shenzhen Finals of the same year were also the last event on the WTA circuit played by the Canadian for more than a year now, due to an injury that prevented her from returning to the courts.