“Excited to Come Back”: Bianca Andreescu Set to Return as Defending Champion at Rogers Cup, Montreal 2021

Published 07/16/2021, 4:57 AM EDT
Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts after winning the first set 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


The adoring home crowd can’t wait to get behind Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu and scream their guts out for her as she marks her return at the women’s leg of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

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Releasing a statement on her comeback, the current World No. 5 said, “I am very excited to come back to Montreal and to compete at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers. As a Canadian, this tournament has a special place in my heart and it is always such a pleasure to play in front of the best fans in the world.”

“Hope I can defend the title next month”: Bianca Andreescu

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“Winning the National Bank Open in 2019 was a dream come true, and I hope I can defend the title next month in Montreal,” Andreescu added.

National Bank, the title sponsor of the prestigious tournament that is co-hosted by Montreal and Toronto, shared a post on its official Twitter page featuring a picture of Andreescu and a message saying that the event can’t wait to welcome back the 2019 women’s champion.

The Canadian had famously upstaged 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to land the title in 2019.

Organizers counting on big turnouts to cheer Andreescu in Montreal

According to the post, tickets have already been made available for sale and the event organizers and title sponsor are hoping for big crowds to cheer for Andreescu during her title defense.

The message reads, “Defending champion and home favorite Bianca Andreescu is ready and excited to come to Montreal! We can’t wait to see you here, Bianca (emojis) Tickets now available, come cheer her on!”

With the Canadian leading 3-1 against Serena in the opening set in 2019, the American withdrew with an injury, paving the way for Andreescu to become the first from her country in 50 years to lift the prestigious title.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 23, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Vanessa Andreescu in action during her quarter-final match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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The men’s leg of the tournament, to be played from August 7 to 15, will be played in Toronto.

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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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