Bianca Andreescu confirms she is playing Abu Dhabi after retiring injured in Hua Hin
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Bianca Andreescu took a moment to express her gratitude to the Hua Hin tournament organizers and also confirmed she intends to compete at this week's Abu Dhabi event. This past week, 22-year-old Andreescu made her debut at the Thailand Open in Hua Hin.
Andreescu, who was the top-seeded player in the Hua Hin main draw, made the semifinal before she retired injured against Lesia Tsurenko. But luckily for Andreescu, the shoulder injury she is dealing with won't force her to skip this week's event in Abu Dhabi.
"Pretty much sums up the week. Jokes aside, just wanted to thank the tournament for hosting such an accommodating and welcoming event! I sadly had to retire but still very happy to have reached the semis! Going to rest up now and get ready for Abu Dhabi in a few days," Andreescu wrote on Twitter.
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Jokes aside, just wanted to thank the tournament for hosting such an accommodating and welcoming event! I sadly had to retire but still very happy to have reached the semis!
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Andreescu did well in her Hua Hin debut
Andreescu made a pretty strong start to her Hua Hin debut, winning all of her first three matches in straight sets.
In the Hua Hin quarterfinal, Andreescu survived what could have been a catastrophe. Against Marta Kostyuk, Andreescu had a dominant 6-0 5-1 lead. Then all of a sudden, Kostyuk started playing much better and won the next five games to overturn the deficit and take a 6-5 lead in the set.
Luckily for Andreescu, she was able to serve out the 12th game and force a second-set tie-break. In the tie-break, Andreescu lost the opening two points but then won seven of the next eight points to complete a two-set win.
In the semifinal, Andreescu had a 5-3 lead in the first set against Tsurenko. From that moment, Tsurenko won the next eight games to open a 7-5 4-0 lead. Down by a set and a double break, Andreescu retired due to a shoulder injury.
Now, Andreescu will be facing a qualifier in the Abu Dhabi first round. Also, Andreescu is set to play in Abu Dhabi for the first time in her career.