Having not played since the 2019 WTA Finals, Bianca Andreescu is set to return to the tour at the 2021 Australian Open. Due to a knee injury, Andreescu withdrew from last year’s season-ending championships and also missed the first few months after the 2020 season. After the tour’s resumption, post the six-month break, Andreescu announced in September that she would take the rest of the season off to focus on her health and training.
Currently, the World No.7 is training in Dubai to prepare for the Australian Open, which starts on February 8. Joined by her trainer Sylvain Bruneau last week, Andreescu has recovered from her foot and knee injuries.
During a media interaction, Bruneau talked about Dubai being an ideal place to prepare for the Australian Open considering the hot climate. In fact, many WTA players including Elena Rybakina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Fiona Ferro have also chosen Dubai as a launching base for the next year.
“Many players are preparing in Dubai especially because the hot climate is a bit like what we find at the Australian Open. By the way, there are discussions that there might be a tournament right here for the WTA at the beginning of January. One thing is certain, we will be training and playing points, sets and matches with the players who also train here,” said Bruneau.
Last year, Andreescu won her first WTA title at Indian Wells by defeating four of the top-20 players en route to the tournament. The Canadian thrashed Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the 2019 US Open. With the victory, she became the first player to win the US Open in their main draw debut.
Having risen to a career-high ranking of No.4 at the end of last season, Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete of the year.