“Saved Me From Myself” – Bianca Andreescu Reveals Her Fitness Trainer Forced Her to Retire From Miami Open 2021 Finals

Published 04/04/2021, 3:38 AM EDT
Mar 26, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits a backhand against Tereza Martincova of Czech Republic (not pictured) in the second round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has revealed that her fitness trainer saved her from aggravating the injury that she suffered during her Miami Open final against top-seed Ashleigh Barty.

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The 20-year-old Andreescu had lost the opening set 3-6 and was trailing 0-4 in the second when she decided to pull out of the championship clash.

Bianca Andreescu would have aggravated her injury in Miami finals if she hadn’t listened to her trainer

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Speaking to the press, the current World Number 9 said she didn’t want to forfeit the tie but her fitness trainer forced her to.

She revealed she has had a tendency to play on with niggles and make them worse in the process.

“I really didn’t want to stop, but Abdul, my fitness trainer, basically saved me from myself because I’ve been through that, continuously pushing myself to the point where I’d make it worse,” Andreescu said.

She added that she trusted her trainer and knew it was “the best decision” in the end.

On her victorious opponent, who also happens to be the current World Number 1, Andreescu said Barty is a “great player” and since she is not too bad herself, there will be more absorbing battles along the way if both stay healthy and on top of their game.

“We’ll have a lot of matches in future, she’s challenging me,” the 20-year-old said.

Playing in Miami felt like playing three tournaments rolled into one: Andreescu

The Canadian said that the amount of time that she spent on the court in Miami made her feel like she’s playing three tournaments rolled into one.

She added that she’s “pretty confident” about where her game is at right now and even when she was in a tight corner in the tournament she figured out a way to fight back.

“That’s the challenge of playing sport. And I want to be there a very long time,” Andreescu said.

Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada (L) congratulates Ashleigh Barty of Australia (R) after retiring due to injury in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Canadian returned to competitive tennis after a year out with injury struggles at this year’s Australian Open.

However, her campaign was cut short in the second round as she was blown away in straight sets by rising Taiwanese star Hsieh Su-wei.

Reflecting on her campaign at Melbourne Park, the 20-year-old said though she was “overwhelmed by a lot of things” going into the event, she was happy to have got some matches out of the way.

Andreescu said her failed campaign gave her a hint of things that needed fixing going into her future matches.

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“It gave a part of what I had to do this week,” she said.

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The Canadian said she never lost trust in her “process” and that’s what eventually helped her make the Miami final.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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