Bianca Andreescu hugs the winner's trophy after defeating American Serena Williams during the Rogers Cup final in August. Andreescu went on to defeat Williams in the U.S. Open Final, but an injury to her left knee has forced her to withdraw from next week's Australian Open. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Andreescu withdraws from Australian Open

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.

In December, Andreescu withdrew from her first scheduled event of the season, the ASB Classic in New Zealand, due to to the knee injury.

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

Categories: International
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

For reasons beyond our control, and for an undetermined period of time, our comment section is now closed. However, our social networks remain open to your contributions.