Bianca Andreescu lights Eaton Centre Christmas tree, enjoying her offseason


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Bianca Andreescu lights Eaton Centre Christmas tree, enjoying her offseason

Starting the season from outside the top-150, the young Canadian Bianca Andreescu embraced a roller coaster run that propelled her inside the top-5 after winning three big titles at Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open. To make things even more impressive, Bianca had to miss almost all the tournaments between Miami and Toronto, playing one match on clay and skipping the entire grass swing due to a shoulder injury that took all the momentum away from her.

Bianca got it back instantly once she returned to the court, lifting trophies at home in Toronto and again in New York, becoming the first teenager with a Major crown since 2006 and cracking the top-4 in October. To avoid injuries and stay fresh ahead of 2020, Andreescu had decided to enter only two events after the US Open, losing in the quarter-final in Beijing to Naomi Osaka and withdrawing from the WTA Finals after the second match, suffering a left knee injury against Karolina Pliskova in the first set.

It was the worst possible way to close the season, especially after that nasty shoulder injury that had previously sidelined her for months, but her coach Sylvain Bruneau is confident she would be ready to play in Auckland and Melbourne in January.

Enjoying her offseason, the 19-year-old had the opportunity to host an official ceremony on Thursday evening and light up Toronto Eaton Centre's iconic Christmas tree. Bianca has been spending time with her family, hoping for a white Christmas ahead of flying down under, ready to open the 2020 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

"I remember coming last year to watch this being lit up," Andreescu said. "Now being able to do it is incredible. I'm back home, and I'm just really hoping I can celebrate Christmas at home, have a white Christmas, hopefully.

Tokyo Olympics have been a dream of mine to perform there and representing my country everywhere I go is such an amazing privilege. I'm looking forward to it."