Defending champion Bianca Andreescu withdraws from Indian Wells



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Defending champion Bianca Andreescu withdraws from Indian Wells

World no. 4 and the US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will not be able to defend the title in Indian Wells, still dealing with a left knee injury suffered at the last year's WTA Finals. Bianca gave her best to recover in time for Indian Wells but she is still not at 100%, deciding to skip the event and losing 1000 points to drop out from the top-10.

The Mississauga native was one of the players to watch in 2019, starting from outside the top-150 and earning a place in the top-5 following a Major crown and two other big titles in Indian Wells and Toronto, showing her best tennis against the rivals from the top.

Besides tennis glory, the young Canadian also experienced two nasty injuries, overcoming the first but staying sidelined with the latter one that caused a delay of her 2020 campaign. In January 2019, Andreescu 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 a debut at Majors, losing to world no.

12 Anastasija Sevastova in the second round. Bianca stunned the tennis world at Indian Wells, earning a massive title as the youngest champion since Serena Williams and looking for more of the same in Miami in the next two weeks.

Facing Anett Kontaveit in the fourth round in Florida, Andreescu suffered a shoulder injury that forced her to skip almost all the action until August, playing one match at Roland Garros and making a return at home in Toronto, determined to show her best tennis again.

Ready to continue where she left in March, Andreescu defeated three top-10 rivals en route to 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 Maria Sharapova in 2006!

Reducing the schedule after New York to stay away from more injuries, Andreescu lost to Naomi Osaka in the quarter-final in Beijing, setting eyes on the WTA Finals in Shenzhen where she made a debut as the youngest player in the draw.

Squandering a massive chance against Simona Halep in the first clash at the premium WTA event, Andreescu had to retire against Karolina Pliskova following a left knee injury, ending the season and still not being able to make a return in 2020.

Bianca decided to skip the Australian Open, traveling with the Canadian team to the Fed Cup tie against Switzerland in Biel but not playing despite being named for the doubles squad when the draw came out. Andreescu had to withdraw from Dubai and Doha as well, working hard on a comeback in Barcelona but deciding to skip Indian Wells despite all the efforts she made to play again and try to defend the title.

"As many of you know, I've been working through an injury I suffered last year during the WTA Finals. It's been a long road to recovery and while I was looking forward to getting back on the court and defending my title at Indian Wells, unfortunately, I'm still not 100%."