As was expected, world no. 6 and the US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will skip the first Major of the season in Melbourne, still dealing with a left knee injury suffered at the WTA Finals against Karolina Pliskova. A teenager was one of the players of the season in 2019, kicking off the action from outside the top-150 to earn the place in the top-5 after a Major crown and two other notable titles that propelled her towards the top of the world.
The Mississauga native had tasted the ultimate tennis glory between March and the US Open last year but also two serious injuries, overcoming the first but still dealing with the latter one that caused a delay of Bianca's 2020 campaign.
Twelve months ago, the young Canadian qualified for the main draw at the ASB Classic in Auckland and reached the first WTA final, making the main draw in Melbourne as well for the debut at the US Open, scoring one victory before losing to world no.
12 Anastasija Sevastova. Following the 125K crown in Newport Beach, Bianca stunned the tennis world at Indian Wells, earning a massive title as the youngest champion since Serena Williams and hoping for more of the same in Miami.
Facing Anett Kontaveit in the fourth round, Andreescu suffered a shoulder injury that forced her to skip almost all the action until August, playing just one match at Roland Garros and making a return at home in Toronto, eager to get back on the winning way.
Ready to continue where she left, Bianca defeated three top-10 rivals to grab the trophy, becoming the national hero and gaining momentum ahead of the US Open where she conquered the first Major crown and wrote history as the first teenager with a Grand Slam title since 2006.
Reducing the schedule after New York to avoid potential injuries, Bianca lost to Naomi Osaka in the quarter-final in Beijing, preparing herself for the WTA Finals debut in Shenzhen. Squandering a massive opportunity to beat Simona Halep in the first encounter at the premium WTA event, Andreescu had to retire against Karolina Pliskova following a nasty left knee injury, ending the season and withdrawing from the Hawaii Open and the ASB Classic.
Unable to get back on the court and get some practice hours, Bianca decided to skip the Australian Open as well, hoping to return to action in February or March and play injury-free again. "Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process and I sadly will not be able to play it this year.
It was a very tough decision to make as I love to play in Melbourne, but I have to respect the recuperation plan for my knee and body. I can't wait to come back to Australia soon."