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Andreescu set to return, expected to play her first match after nearly 500 days

It has been an eon since the Canadian Tennis star, Bianca Andreescu played a competitive tennis match.

The last she played was back in October 2019. Subsequently, she had to retire from WTA Finals against Ukrainian Karolina Pliskova. She retired after the first set with a torn meniscus in her left knee and has not played since.

On January 2021, Andreescu announced on her Twitter that she will not be available to play due to injury. Now, with the Australian Open on the cards, Andreescu says she is ready to go now.

On her return to the court this February, Andreescu said in a press conference from Melbourne, “I’m working really, really hard to prevent as much as possible. But sometimes you really can’t. Things just happen,”

Andreescu also stated, “But right now, I had a long period where I can focus on those things and train to the best of my capabilities, which I’ve been doing. And yeah, I’m healthy. Like I said, I don’t always want to focus on the past. I want to focus on the future now.”

Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with the championship trophy after winning the Women's Singles final match against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bianca Andreescu poses with the championship trophy after winning the Women’s Singles final match against Serena Williams on the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2019 Wrap up

Since 2019, there have been many wrong starts for the Canadian. The 20-year-old Mississauga, Ontario native was on Canada’s roster for a Fed Cup tie last February but didn’t suit up.

After that Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, forcing the world to pause as well as the tennis. When WTA returned in the summer, Andreescu opted out. By September, she officially announced her season-ending on her Twitter.

Looking forward

Andreescu looked to return to the court earlier this week as the top seed in the Grampians Trophy, but she once again opted out to prepare for the Australian Open. “It was mainly because I had two weeks of not training and I didn’t want to take the risk of having just a couple of days preparation before the tournament. So that was the main reason. I’m healthy though. I’m ready to go,” Andreescu asserted.

The Australian Open draw was revealed Friday, with Bianca Andreescu set to face Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round. Winning this match could set the Canadian against American star Naomi Osaka in the Quarter Final. Serena Williams and Simona Halep are in a tray for a potential semifinal showdown if the Canadian manage to win the Quarter Final. The tournament starts on February 8 and runs till February 21.

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