Bianca Andreescu shares injury update, hoping to get ready for start of 2020


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Bianca Andreescu shares injury update, hoping to get ready for start of 2020

Back in August 2018, Bianca Andreescu lost in the first qualifying round at the US Open, taking the defeat as a part of a learning process that every younger has to pass. A year later, the Canadian claimed the trophy in New York, becoming the first teenager with Major crown since Maria Sharapova in 2006 and one of the best players in the world at the age of 19.

Kicking off the season from outside the top-150, Bianca almost won the title in Auckland as a qualifier, gathering momentum and winning one match at the Australian Open, also as a qualifier. Improving her ranking, Bianca made a direct entry at Indian Wells and went all the way to become the youngest champion in the desert since Serena Williams, heading to Miami for more of the same before experiencing the first setback of the season.

In the fourth round against Anett Kontaveit, Bianca suffered a shoulder injury that kept her away from the court almost until August, playing just one match at Roland Garros and making a return at home in Toronto. Ready to continue where she left, Bianca took down three top-10 rivals to lift the trophy, returning to the winning course and keeping the level high at the US Open as well to claim the first Major crown and write history.

Reducing the schedule after New York to avoid possible injuries, Bianca lost in the quarter-final in Beijing to Naomi Osaka, aiming to chase the title at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen on her debut at the premium WTA event. Wasting a massive opportunity to beat Simona Halep in the first match, Andreescu had to retire against Karolina Pliskova following a nasty left knee injury, ending the season with a question mark ahead of 2020.

Speaking about her injury and plans for the new year, Bianca said the knee is not in such a bad shape at the moment, hoping to kick off the season at the ASB Classic in Auckland in the second week of January. "I don't need knee surgery so I wouldn't say it's a terrible injury.

I can't really say much about it, I'm just trying to rehab as much as possible and stay as positive as I can. It's not easy because all I want to do is be on the tennis court but I have to deal with it the best way I can.

My team and I are trying really hard to find the things that are contributing to my injuries so that I can have a longer career and play as many tournaments as I can, fighting for the No. 1 spot in the future. I'm definitely going to emphasize my pre-season a bit more.

I guess there can be a bit more pressure on my shoulders since I'm in the top-5 and one of the favorites for the Major crowns. Still, I think that motivates me and that pressure really raises my game to the next level; I think that's why I have done so well in bigger matches this year."