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Bianca Andreescu Retires With a ” So Sorry” Message From Ashleigh Barty

Bianca Andreescu, the Canadian prodigy retired with an injury, in the final, against Ashleigh Barty in the much-coveted Miami Open Championship. Barty, who retained her Miami title this year with the win has expressed that she’s “so sorry” about the unfortunate incident.

Before retiring, Andreescu was trailing 6-3,4-0 against the WTA world number one Barty. Bianca, the world number nine has reached the final of the Florida event after beating Greek international Maria Sakkari in the semi-final. The elated Bianca was hoping for a win against the world’s best in the final at the Grandstand Arena.

The 20-year-old star when asked about her opponent’s reaction to the injury, Bianca recalled Barty saying, “It was great playing. I’m so sorry. I hope you get better, and I know we’re going to be seeing each other a lot on the other side of the net.” Andreescu also termed the new Miami Open as “Super sweet”.

When asked for reaction post-retirement, the former world number four stated, “It was a great tournament. I really fought through very tough matches. My body seemed to be good up until today. I think it was just, like, a freak accident. No one wants to end a tournament retiring, especially in the finals. But things happen, and I want to look ahead in my career. I’m only 20. I’m not trying to risk anything right now.”

Bianca Andreescu and Ashleigh Barty shake hands.

Bianca Andreescu of Canada shakes hands with Ashleigh Barty of Australia after retiring during the final of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

How did the final fare for Bianca Andreescu?

The final match, as it seemed was good in the first set. During the course of the second set, the injury became prominent. While the game was at 2-0 in favour of the Australian Barty, Andreescu seemed in discomfort and uneasy.

Two games later, at 4-0, the Miami Open eight seed finally retired. Hence, bringing an end to a promising tournament for the youngster. Having performed poorly at the recently concluded Australian Open back in February, Bianca and her fans thought it’s time for some salvation.

However, luck wasn’t in favour of the Canadian as she had to retire abruptly. The tennis fans around the globe have wished the 20-year-old a speedy recovery and expect her to take the court as soon as possible.

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