World no. 6 Bianca Andreescu will not make her Madrid Open debut this week, withdrawing from the WTA 1000 event following a positive coronavirus test after landing in the Spanish capital. The young Canadian had tested negative before heading to Madrid, and that all changed in Spain, forcing a former Major winner to stay in the quarantine and skip the Madrid Open action.
Bianca feels well, and she can't wait to embrace the rest of the clay swing. This is the second setback in a row for an injury-prone star, twisting her ankle in the Miami Open final in March against Ashleigh Barty that forced her to retire.
Andreescu stayed away from the court for over a year following a severe knee injury at the WTA Finals 2019, returning at this year's Australian Open still as a top 10 player and suffering an early exit before finding her form in the following events.
Ranked 208th, an 18-year-old Andreescu lost in the opening qualifying round at the US Open 2018 to another talented teen Olga Danilovic.
Bianca Andreescu had to withdraw from Madrid Open due to a positive coronavirus test.
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 Canadian Major winner in singles after 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 previous teenage Major champion in New York in 2006.
"After testing negative twice before my flight to Madrid, I was sadly informed that I tested positive upon arrival for COVID-19 and therefore will not be playing at the Madrid Open later this week. I am feeling good; I'm resting and continuing to follow the health protocols and safety guidelines. I look forward to getting back on the court very soon," Bianca Andreescu said.