Bianca Andreescu confirms: 'I will play definitely play the Australian Open'



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Bianca Andreescu confirms: 'I will play definitely play the Australian Open'

World no. 7 and the second-youngest player in the top-25, Bianca Andreescu, is determined to make a return at the Australian Open in January. A couple of days after she withdrew from Roland Garros, Biance called it a season, not feeling ready to compete in the year's closing events and preparing everything for a return in three months.

Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, Andreescu still owns her 2019 points, standing in the top-10 and having an excellent starting position to chase significant victories and titles once she returns, eager to play at her best again.

The 20-year-old Mississauga native hasn't played a match in 2020, suffering a terrible knee injury at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen last November and never recovering enough to embrace competitive encounters. Ranked 208th, an 18-year-old Andreescu lost in the opening qualifying round at the US Open 2018 to Olga Danilovic.

Twelve months later, the Canadian arrived in New York as one of the title favorites, conquering Indian Wells and Toronto earlier in the season and overcoming a nasty shoulder injury from Miami to deliver her best tennis and write history.

Competing in her first US Open main draw as world no. 15, Bianca toppled seven rivals to earn Major glory and become the first champion from Canada, defeating the six-time winner Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 39 minutes.

Andreescu became the first player to claim the US Open title on debut and the first since Monica Seles at Roland Garros 1990 with the Major title in only the fourth try. Reaching the final as the first teenager in New York since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009, Bianca went a step further to lift the trophy, adding her name to Maria Sharapova, the last teenage Major champion in New York in 2006.

Bianca Andreescu is pain-free, targeting the Australian Open as the return point.

After a nasty injury from March and with a special trophy in her hands, Bianca planned to slow down for the rest of the year, reducing her schedule and finishing the season at her first WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

After wasting a match point against Simona Halep, Andreescu suffered a terrible knee injury versus Karolina Pliskova, which has kept her away from the court ever since. Despite a couple of attempts, Bianca couldn't make a return in 2020, hoping for a better run next season and targeting the Olympic Games as one of her goals.

The Canadian has been working in Monte Carlo, building on her game and preparing for the first Major of the next season in Melbourne in January. "I'm doing well. The virus pushed me back, together with some little personal things, but I'm good right now.

I'm training hard and looking forward to 2021. I'm perfectly healthy. I wanted to take time to build everything in my life, and I think this time off helped me do that," Bianca Andreescu said.