World no. 24 Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the WTA International event in Washington, still struggling with a shoulder injury that has been bothering her for months now. The 19-year-old Canadian was forced to withdraw from Roland Garros before the second-round clash with Sofia Kenin, battling past Marie Bouzkova in the first match and deciding to stop there, still feeling the pain despite a break of more than two months.
Bianca had planned to take some rest and make a return during grass swing although that wasn't possible, taking a trip to the USA and enjoying in some other things outside tennis after withdrawing from the third Grand Slam of the season at Wimbledon.
As was expected, Bianca is not ready to hit the court again in Washington, still hoping to get ready for the Rogers Cup at home in Canada. Three months of 2019 were enough for this super talented young girl to display her enormous talent and desire, entering Auckland from outside the top-150 and finding herself among the best players in the world by the end of March!
Bianca has won 32 out of 36 matches this year including those in qualifying rounds, seizing her moment of glory at Indian Wells where she claimed the title following back-to-back top-10 victories over Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber, becoming the youngest winner in the desert since Serena Williams!
Andreescu was the finalist in Auckland as a qualifier, winning a match at the Australian Open after passing three qualifying rounds and heading to Newport Beach to conquer the 125K Series event and find herself in the top-100 at the age of 18.
Bianca helped her country to pass the Netherlands in the Fed Cup and was the semi-finalist in Acapulco before that historical Indian Wells campaign that propelled her towards the very top of women's tennis. Nonetheless, Bianca's body couldn't stand such a grueling rhythm and started to deal with a shoulder injury, retiring in the fourth round of Miami against Anett Kontaveit.
After working at Rafa Nadal Academy for a few days, Bianca gave her best to return to competitive tennis in the last four months but will need more time to fully recover and get back at her best by the end of the season.