Bianca Andreescu withdraws from Grampians Trophy, targeting Australian Open return

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Bianca Andreescu withdraws from Grampians Trophy, targeting Australian Open return

World no. 8 and the second-youngest top-25 player Bianca Andreescu will not compete at this week's Grampians Trophy, stating she needs more time on the practice court ahead of the Australian Open. Bianca should have been the top seed at the Grampians Trophy, the event specially made for those who had to experience a two-week quarantine without leaving a room.

The Canadian decided to remain on the practice court this week and make an anticipated return at the Australian Open next week. Bianca hasn't played since the WTA Finals 2019, enduring a nasty knee injury against Karolina Pliskova and missing the entire last season.

Thanks to her 2019 points, Bianca is still ranked inside the top-10 and will start her comeback from a good position, avoiding the best players in the early rounds. Ranked 208th, an 18-year-old Andreescu lost in the opening qualifying round at the US Open 2018 to Olga Danilovic.

Bianca Andreescu will not make a comeback this week.

Twelve months later, the Canadian arrived in New York as one of the title favorites, conquering Indian Wells and Toronto earlier in 2019 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.

"Following the last two weeks in quarantine, it feels so good to finally be back on the court. After discussing it with my team, we have decided to focus on training this week ahead of the Australian Open and miss the Grampians.

Many thanks to Tennis Australia and WTA for their hard work in providing us all these choices. See you all at the Australian Open," Bianca Andreescu said.