Bianca Andreescu opens up on personal struggles, announces Australian Open withdrawal



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Bianca Andreescu opens up on personal struggles, announces Australian Open withdrawal

Former world No. 4 Bianca Andreescu has opened up on a challenging 2021 as she has announced that she will miss the Australian Open. The past two years have been very challenging for Andreescu and she wants to give herself time to heal before she returns to the court.

Andreescu has battled injuries over the past two years and has also experienced some off court problems. "Hi everyone. As you all know, the past two years have been very challenging for me for a variety of reasons. Especially this year in particular, I spent multiple weeks in in isolation, quarantining which affected me greatly -- both mentally and physically.

In addition, my grandmother spent several weeks in the ICU due to a COVID-19 infection. A lot of days, I did not feel like myself, especially while I was training and/or playing matches. I felt like I was carrying the world on my shoulders.

I could not detach myself from everything that was going on and off the court; was feeling the collective sadness and turmoil around and it took its toll on me," Andreescu explained in a Twitter post.

No third Australian Open appearance for Andreescu

Andreescu hasn't had much success at Melbourne Park so far in her career, picking up second round exits at the tournament in 2019 and 2021.

"I want to give myself extra time to re-set, recover, and grow from this (as cliche as that sounds) and continue to inspire by doing charity work, giving back and working on myself because I know by doing this, I will come back stronger than ever.

I will therefore not start my season in Australia this year, but will take some additional time to reflect, train, and be ready for the upcoming 2022 season," Andreescu added. Andreescu played her last tournament of the 2021 season at the Indian Wells Masters, where she made the third round.