Bianca Andreescu Confirms Return to European Clay Swing in Build Up for French Open 2021

Published 04/16/2021, 3:44 PM EDT
Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts after match point against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) in a women’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Canadian ace Bianca Andreescu suffered heartbreak after yet another injury, this time in the Miami Open 2021 final against World No.1 Ash Barty. The injury was feared to be in her ankle and could have been worse. But to the delight of fans, Andreescu has shown confidence in a return to the tennis court, especially in the current clay-court season in the build-up for French Open 2021.

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Bianca Andreescu of Canada and Ashleigh Barty of Australia hold the finalist and Butch Bucholz Trophy (respectively) after their match in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Where one could see her is unknown, but she recently informed that she is back training and thus is getting ready for her clay-court season. It is seen that the clay court will be a tough period for Andreescu, as she hasn’t played on clay since 2019.

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Bianca Andreescu in the ill-fated Miami Open 2021 final

The injury suffered by Andreescu was during the Miami Open 2021 final. The US Open champ was trailing a set behind as she stumbled and injured her ankle. She soon after withdrew from the final. As the Billie Jean King Cup is in full swing, Andreescu was going to be Canada’s top performer, but because of her injury, she couldn’t.

“I’m relieved to say that there is no serious injury, and with some rest and preparation, I will be back very soon. This does mean that, unfortunately, I won’t be able to compete in the Billie Jean Cup. I love representing Canada, so this decision was not easy, but I’m prepared for the clay-court swing ahead and for the rest of the season.”

Earlier Bianca had revealed that her constant tolerance and push during injury could have aggravated her ankle during the final. It was her fitness trainer who saved her from her own wrath.

“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,”

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In a relatively short career, Bianca has had injury problems. Since famously beating Serena Williams in the US Open 2019 final, Bianca had disappeared in a thick cloud of injury troubles. Her knee injury at the end of 2019 saw her miss out on the whole of 2020.

Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts during trophy US Open 2019 trophy presentation with Serena Williams. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Now the Canadian prodigy returned in 2021, to prove her might once again. Will Bianca Andreescu keep her injuries at bay and be the surprise package in the clay season?

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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