Bianca Andreescu over injury nightmare and ‘extremely motivated to compete’

Bianca Andreescu will be ‘extremely motivated’ when she returns to the WTA Tour next year following injury, says her coach. 

Andreescu brilliantly won the US Open in 2019, but injured her knee just two months later at the Tour Finals.

She hasn’t actually played a competitive match since, meaning she has spent over a year now on the sidelines.

However, she is back in training now and eager to make up for lost time in 2021.

“Bianca gives her best in hard-fought matches and has to find the competitive feeling,” said coach Sylvain Bruneau.

“She is going to be totally happy and excited to go back on the court and compete and is extremely motivated.

“The other side is that you get used to pressure by being put into it a little bit.

“When you are not facing that music for a little while, there is going to be a little bit of an adaptation, but Bianca, just by her nature, has always been someone who has thrived on competition.

Andreescu was apparently on the verge of a comeback before the coronavirus crisis hit, but sustained a fresh injury before the WTA Tour restarted.

“It was a very hard year,” Bruneau said. “We trained in Monte-Carlo to fully recover from her knee injury.

“She was ready to make her return at Indian Wells, but all the tournaments were cancelled by the pandemic.

“During the summer we trained to prepare for the comeback, but she was sidelined by a foot injury and we had to stop training.

“I am optimistic that injuries are now part of the past. Her breakthrough was so fast, that she was not ready to play many high level matches in a short period of time.”

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