Bianca Andreescu, who suffered a nasty on-court injury on Monday at the Miami Open, has yet to find out the extent of the setback after having scans.
I've never felt this kind of pain before. Bianca Andreescu
She wrote in a message on Twitter: “Woke up with a brace on my foot… anyone know what happened?” On a serious note… that was the worst pain I’ve ever felt… praying for nothing serious. Still waiting on official results. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and kind words, doesn’t go unnoticed.”
She later added, following a wave of positive and encouraging responses from fans: “So much love. Y’all are the best.”
Andreescu’s retirement on Monday, when she departed the court in a wheelchair, was the third occasion she has been forced to withdraw from a match due to suffering a bad injury.
The 22-year-old Canadian has struggled with injuries since defeating Serena Williams to win the 2019 US Open, and endured a very disrupted 2020 campaign when she was sidelined for numerous months due to a knee injury, and she has not enjoyed much luck with her fitness since then.
“I’m just really sorry that it happened to [Andreescu],” her opponent, Ekaterina Alexandrova said. “Seeing her on the court in so much pain, it’s just painful to watch. You cannot help, you can do nothing, which is terrible.
“I think she’s going to be fine soon, and I’m wishing for her speedy recovery. The first set was super tough and great, and it probably could be a pretty good match for both of us, but unfortunately [Andreescu’s injury] happened.”
The former US Open champion went down while moving across the baseline for a return in the second set of her Last 16 meeting with the Russian World No 18, grabbing her ankle and screaming in pain before retiring from the match.
In Miami, Andreescu, the tournament’s 2021 finalist beat Emma Raducanu, 7th-seeded Maria Sakkari, and Sofia Kenin to reach the 4th round, and was up a set down and a break up against Alexandrova when she suffered the injury.