Bianca Andreescu won the US Open in 2019 but has played no competitive matches since the WTA Finals last year in October when she sustained a serious knee injury.
The virus pushed me back, and some little personal things here and there, but right now I’m good, I’m training hard… I’m really looking forward to 2021. I’m perfectly healthy. I really wanted to take time to build everything in my life, and I think this time off helped me do that. Bianca Andreescu
Just before the rescheduled French Open in Paris, the 20-year old announced in September that she would not play the rest of the season as she wanted to focus on her health and training.
“As hard as it was to come to this conclusion, I have so much to look forward to in 2021, including the Olympics,” Andreescu said. “I want to use this time to focus my game so I can come back stronger and better than ever.”
As a junior, Andreescu won the Orange Bowl and two Grand Slam doubles titles with compatriot Carson Branstine en route to reaching a career-best junior ranking of No 3 in the world, and transitioned through the ITF Futures into pro tennis.
After not playing any matches at the WTA Tour level in 2018, other than trying to qualify at the four majors, she had her breakout year in 2019, beginning with a runner-up showing in her first event of the season at the Auckland Open.
The Canadian, however, fully burst into public consciousness when she won her maiden Grand Slam in New York in some style after taking the title at Indian Wells earlier in the season, her first on the WTA Tour, but her short career on court has been blighted by a series of injuries.
Although she missed several months because of injury, Andreescu nevertheless qualified for the WTA Finals at the end of the season, and finished the year ranked No 5 despite having to withdraw after a couple of rounds into the tournament.
Then, at the start of the season, she was also forced to pull out of this year’s Australian Open.
She is determined to bounce back in 2021, saying she is now ‘perfectly healthy’ and ‘feeling good’ after the pandemic put paid to any hopes of a comeback midway through the curtailed season, and adds that the time off has done her good and she is looking forward to next year.
“I wouldn’t say I’m ready tomorrow to play a match, because I’m taking it step by step,” Andreescu said in an interview with Tennis Major.com. “Maybe in a couple weeks I’ll be good.
“I don’t want to rush anything but I’m feeling good. But I’m waiting for 2021, that’s going to be the year.”
When asked whether she will be ready for the Australian Open, Andreescu responded: “Yes, 100 per cent.
“The virus pushed me back, and some little personal things here and there, but right now I’m good, I’m training hard… I’m really looking forward to 2021.
“I’m perfectly healthy. I really wanted to take time to build everything in my life, and I think this time off helped me do that.”
Andreescu returned to the practice court earlier this week, and she says everything is in place for her to resume her career next year.
Despite her lack of matches, the Canadian has still retained her place in the World’s Top 10 due to the revised WTA ranking system brought about by the coronavirus crisis this year.