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'I feel pretty damn good!' - Bianca Andreescu pleased to be back after winning return

Bianca Andreescu at Australian Open

Bianca Andreescu admitted she felt 'pretty damn good' after winning on her return to tennis after 15 months away from the sport.

The former US Open champion injured her knee at the WTA Finals in 2019, and a combination of the injury and fears over the coronavirus crisis has kept her off the court since.

She was back in action on Monday though, as she faced off against Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round of the Australian Open.

It wasn't all plain sailing for the world number 8, although she came through the test very impressively considering the length of time between matches.

“I feel pretty damn good," Andreescu said on court following her 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win.

"Today’s match wasn’t easy at all. I’m super, super happy with how I fought it out, especially towards the end.

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“I took 15 months off. I’ve been through quite a bit during those 15 months. It wasn’t easy.

"That moment over there was me just realizing how all of that is worth it. I never gave up. I have amazing people around me.

“I really do believe in my capabilities. Hopefully next match, I can raise my level a bit more.

"Mihaela raised her level a lot more than in that first set. I have to give kudos to her as well.”

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