Bianca Andreescu has lived a real ordeal in the last few seasons due to her knee injury. Suffice it to say that she didn’t play a single match in 2020, and before returning to the court this year at the Australian Open, her last official match dated back to the 2019 Shenzhen WTA Finals.
Andreescu’s talent really blossomed in 2019 with victories in the Indian Wells tournament, the Rogers Cup and especially the US Open. The Canadian then also had to deal with Covid-19 and yet another physical problem in 2021.
In the first case, she was forced to skip the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome, in the second to withdraw from the semifinals of the Miami tournament. Andreescu is now back on court at the WTA of Strasbourg, where she defeated the Spanish Andrea Lazaro Garcia in her debut.
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Andreescu commented on her victory at the start of the tournament in Strasbourg:
The training on the ground was not going well and I didn’t like it. I don’t like long draws, but now I am stronger in this component. I didn’t have the stamina before.
Today was one of the best matches of my career and one of the cleanest. I made almost no mistakes. Maybe it will be a top-five match for me.
Positive covid test
“I faced very hard moments, I can’t lie.” , said the Canadian in a press conference. “When I received the news regarding the positivity to Covid-19, I was incredulous.
I had tested negative twice, I reached Madrid on Friday and on Saturday the swab was positive. It was all very strange. The truth is that you can never be sure with Covid-19.
The first few days were really complicated, but fortunately, I didn’t have any serious symptoms, just a slight cough. By the time I was able to recover, I still had to stop for more than 10 days and that interrupted my course.
But it’s still a pandemic and you can’t control everything. I was always careful and in Miami, despite the few restrictions, we did everything we could to avoid being infected.”
Bianca also assessed her play on the dirt surface:
Clay court? I love playing on this surface. I feel fit and I think I can do well. I’ve been working hard in the last period, I think I showed that in Miami, and I want to continue on this path. I hope I can do well because my game fits pretty well on clay.
In the second round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg Andreescu will fight with Marina Zanevska of Belgium.