“It could have been much worse,” Bianca Andreescu gives an injury update that forced her to retire mid-match in Miami
Bianca Andreescu has provided an explanation for the foot injury that caused her to withdraw from the Miami Masters.
Bianca Andreescu suffered excruciating pain during her fourth-round match with Ekaterina Alexandrova at the Miami Open and had to be taken off the court early in the second set. She later revealed that her left ankle had two torn ligaments, but two days after the injury occurred, she shared a positive update on her condition. Andreescu has already started proper rehab and is hopeful that she will be back to competing soon.
Although the exact recovery time frame is unknown, the Canadian’s statement suggests that the injury may not be as severe as initially thought. During the pre-quarterfinals match at the Miami Masters, she was unable to progress to the quarter-finals and had to withdraw. While she was leading 2-0 in the second set, after losing the first set 6-7 (0-7), she suffered a freak injury, which forced her to exit the match.
She took to her Twitter and gave the latest update on her injury and said, “Results show that I’ve torn 2 ligaments in my left ankle. Its tough to say exactly how long it will take, but let’s just say it could’ve been much worse!! I’m going to take it day by day, and | am optimistic that with the right work, rehab, and preparation, I’ll be back on court soon. Rehab process has already started and will continue to give updates. Love you all.”
The Canadian tennis player has consistently faced tough opponents in the early rounds of tournaments. In the Dubai Open, she was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the first round. Similarly, in the Indian Wells Masters, she was drawn against Iga Swiatek in the third round, after having already defeated Emma Raducanu and Maria Sakkari in the first two rounds. Unfortunately, in her latest tournament, a freak injury prevented her from continuing her run.
Chris Evert and Paul Annacone back Bianca Andreescu amidst her injury
The former world No.1, Chris Evert expressed her desire for Bianca Andreescu to recover quickly. She further noted that the Canadian’s injury occurred just as she was regaining her form. She said, “This is so unfortunate. Bianca really getting her game back and playing so well…wishing her a speedy recovery!”
In addition to Evert, Paul Annacone, who used to coach Roger Federer, sent his good wishes to Andreescu. He remarked that injuries like hers are unpredictable and that their cause is often unknown. He said, “Just heartbreaking. We’ve seen the level of play that she has shown us in the past, what a great player. You talk about the injury bug, just hasn’t been able to stay healthy, and now she’s finally getting back on the court, consistently playing at the highest levels of the game.”
This season, Bianca Andreescu has won nine out of 16 matches. In addition to her fourth-round performance at the Miami Open, she also made it to the semi-finals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok but had to retire during the match against Lesia Tsurenko due to an injury.