US Open cham­pion An­dreescu to miss Aus­tralian Open

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US Open cham­pion, bianca An­dreescu, has an­nounced that she will not be able to take part in the Aus­tralian Open this year.

The 19-year-old en­joyed a break­out sea­son in 2019, storm­ing up the rank­ing to be­come WTA World No.4 at her peak, and lift­ing her first three tro­phies on tour.

A stel­lar year was capped when she de­feated Ser­ena Wil­liams in New York to seal her first ma­jor ti­tle, though she was forced to pull out of the Shi­seido WTA Fi­nals, Shen­zhen, be­cause of a left knee in­jury.

That is­sue is still trou­bling her and will pre­vent the cana­dian from fea­tur­ing in mel­bourne.

“Hey guys, just wanted to give you a lit­tle up­date on my knee re­hab af­ter I got in­jured at the WTA fi­nals in Shen­zhen,” she posted on Twit­ter.

“My re­hab is go­ing well, I feel bet­ter and stronger ev­ery day but af­ter dis­cussing it with my team and fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of the doc­tors, the Aus­tralian Open is un­for­tu­nately too soon in my re­hab process and I sadly will not be able to play in it this year.

“It was a very tough de­ci­sion to make as I love to play in mel­bourne but I have to re­spect the re­cu­per­a­tion plan for my knee and body. I can’t wait to come back to Aus soon.”

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