"My knee twisted, I heard a crack...It's cracking every time I walk and it hurts," Bianca Andreescu pleading with her coach Sylvain Bruneau. Of course to not push the issue he wanted her to pack her rackets but she begged "I don't want to stop."
She's dealt with pain before but says that "..It was very acute..." Eventually she had to leave after losing the first set to Karolina Pliskova. It was Andreescu's meniscus as she becomes the second withdrawal/retirement for the Shenzhen event.
Naomi Osaka was the first to march off the courts of the WTA Finals with a shoulder injury, but she won't return possibly till next year. This season wasn't 100% picture perfect for the Canadian teen as she became an overnight or was it an over a few tournament sensation.
Despite on and off injuries, Andreescu has came out smelling like a rose having 48 victories this season with an accumulation of many trainer on-court visits and physical ailments. She's defeated nearly the best from Angelique Kerber in Miami to Serena Williams at the U.S.
Open. She dissolved Karolina Pliskova's game at the Rogers Cup and won it due to Serena Williams' retirement. Sofia Kenin couldn't catch a break as Andreescu won in straight sets in the second round at Miami but the Indian Wells title was the Canadian teen's as she outlasted Kerber again at Indian Wells.
It was a different venue but Andreescu won the Oracle Challenger away from Jessica Pegula in a three set thriller. But now this is the season ender and everyone wants to prove something to themselves and others on making it good at the end.
Andreescu's first round was tough, but she defeated the fiery Romanian, Simona Helep in three overbearing sets. Performances aren't succeeding well even during this round robin, get a second time WTA Finals. Bianca discussed her feelings, injury and goals at the press conference after her injury.
Horn-rimmed clear glasses, minus the sun visor and turned up hairdo, she said disgustingly that "..This is the last tournament of the year you want to go all out. you're playing at one of the biggest tournaments...and it's not easy...It's been amazing.
I really can't complain. I made history in Canada. I won my first slam. My game just keeps getting better and better. The thing with me though is that I'm never really satisfied." Andreescu was scheduled to play Elina Svitolina next, who hasn't melted into injury yet.
But it appears that Andreescu will not be healthy enough to face the Ukraine or any player at this time. It looks like her 2019 season is officially over. She's getting an MRI and her team and she will analyze the result.
But she gets serious for a moment and then changes disposition saying "Hopefully I'll be ready for 2020. I love doing this so I'll just keep fighting."