There will be no back-to-back grand slam titles for Bianca Andreescu, at least this time around.
Andreescu, who caught the fancy of both Canada and the tennis world last summer when she won the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the U.S. Open in New York, defeating Serena Williams on each occasion, has dropped out of the Australian Open.
Play in the main draw begins a week from today and Andreescu, the world No. 6, and–by many accounts–Canada’s athlete of the year in 2019, announced Saturday she would not be playing.
She is still recovering from an injury to her left knee she suffered during the WTA finals in October in Shenzen, China.
When she will play again is anyone’s guess.
Canada has four players in the men’s main draw: Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospsil.
Eugenie Bouchard and Leylah Annie Fernandez are playing in the women’s qualifying this week.
With files from CBC, WTA, CP