Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu has announced her withdrawal from the Australian Open due to a knee injury.
Andreescu hasn’t played since pulling out of the WTA Finals Shenzhen at the end of 2019 because of knee pain.
The Canadian sensation hoped to recover over the off-season, but that hasn’t been the case, with Andreescu taking to social media to announce she would be forced to miss the opening Grand Slam of the year at Melbourne Park.
“I have to respect the recuperation plan for my knee and body,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram.
“I feel better and stronger every day but the Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process.”
Andreescu was arguably the biggest story in tennis during the 2019 season. The teenager sky-rocketed from outside the top 100 to a career-high of No. 4, with her highlight coming at the U.S. Open when she beat Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam title.
Andreescu also picked up big titles at Indian Wells and the Rogers Cup and qualified for the season-ending championships in Shenzhen despite missing the entire clay and grass swings due to injury.
Unfortunately, injuries have played a large role in Andreescu’s short career so far, but the Canadian has proven when fit, she’s almost an unstoppable force on tour, losing just two completed matches since the start of March – and both of those came during the Asian swing at the end of last season when her left knee started troubling her.
It’s not known when Andreescu will return to the tour, but she will be hoping to at least be fit for her upcoming Indian Wells title defence in March.