Bianca Andreescu: Worked mentally to get rid of the fear and the PTSD of Miami injury

Andreescu suffered a horrifying ankle injury in Miami.

by Dzevad Mesic
Bianca Andreescu: Worked mentally to get rid of the fear and the PTSD of Miami injury

Bianca Andreescu reveals she put up a lot of mental work to "get rid of the fear and the PTSD" of the Miami injury. In late March, Andreescu fell to the ground and immediately started screaming in pain as the Canadian was heard yelling that it was "the worst pain I've ever felt." After receiving a medical intervention, Andreescu was assisted into a wheelchair and exited the court with tears in her eyes.

Andreescu, who later learned that she tore two ankle ligaments, returned to action this week in Madrid as now she is looking forward to also competing in a WTA 1000 event in Rome. "I worked a lot mentally to try and get rid of the fear and the PTSD of the incident because it was very very painful.

Coming on clay, with the sliding, it could be pretty scary. But I think I'm in the right direction. I'm definitely not 100 percent. I would say I'm 90 percent right now, but 90 percent confident, too, to go out there and push. Today was a great test, so hopefully in a week I can be 100 percent for Rome," Andreescu told WTA Insider.

Andreescu happy her ankle responded pretty well

On Friday, Andreescu returned to action in Madrid. In her first match back, Andreescu won the first set before Xiyu Wang recovered to beat the Canadian 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-2. Even though Andreescu didn't win the match, she was still happy as the most important thing for her was the ankle responding well.

"I worked really hard during my rehab because I wanted to get back on court as soon as possible. I've been through the process so I knew what to expect. My progress was pretty up and down. But the last week I would say I made the biggest progress.

Honestly, until two days ago I didn't feel as confident. So it was super, super soon. It was really great to test my ankle in a match like this. It was almost three hours," Andreescu said.

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