Bianca Andreescu ‘feeling good’ and determined to play at Australian Open, vows not to ‘rush anything’

Bianca Andreescu backhand

She hasn’t played any competitive tennis since November 2019, but Bianca Andreescu is determined to bounce back in 2021, saying she is “perfectly healthy” and “feeling good”.

After a brilliant 2019 campaign during which she won her maiden Grand Slam at the US Open and the WTA Premier Mandatory Indian Wells Masters, which was her maiden WTA title, the Canadian suffered a series of injuries.

A knee injury saw her withdraw from the 2019 WTA Finals a couple of rounds into the tournament and she was also forced to pull out of this year’s Australian Open.

The coronavirus pandemic put paid to any hopes of a comeback midway through this season while she also decided not to return after the season resumed as she wanted to focus on her “health and training”.

However, the time off has done her good and she is looking forward to next year.

“I’m doing really well,” she told Tennis Majors.

“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.”

She added: “I wouldn’t say I am ready tomorrow to play a match because I am taking it step by step, but maybe in a couple of weeks I will be good. I don’t want to rush anything but I’m feeling good.”

Asked if she will be ready for the Australian Open, Andreescu replied: “Yes, 100 per cent.”

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