Canada’s Bianca Andreescu drops out of Australian Open because of knee injury

39;The Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process'

Bianca Andreescu announced that she won't be playing in the Australian Open this year because of a knee injury.

At the tournament a year ago, Andreescu was a qualifier and lost in the second round before going off to conquer the tennis world and win the U.S. Open.

But the 19-year-old said despite feeling good about her rehab she would not be fit in time to play at Melbourne Park.

On January 11, the U.S. Open champion posted on Twitter that she had to drop out of the tournament in Melbourne at the recommendation of her doctors.

The Mississauga native won't be able to compete in the upcoming Australian Open this month, citing a knee injury that's still in the process of healing. The injury also forced her to withdraw from the now ongoing ASB Classic in New Zealand.

Facing Anett Kontaveit in the fourth round, Andreescu suffered a shoulder injury that forced her to skip nearly all the action until August, playing just one match at Roland Garros and making a return at home in Toronto, eager to get back on the winning way.

Andreescu officially withdrew from the Grand Slam event due to a knee injury she first suffered at the WTA Finals in China in October.

She would have been among the favourites to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at the end of the tournament, but her absence opens up the draw somewhat for people like world number one Barty and 10th-ranked Williams, who is hunting a record-equalling 24th major win.

Andreescu will hope to return at Roland Garros in May 2020.



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