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Andreescu in turn forfeits

ByRoborto Sykes

Sep 20, 2020

Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and now Bianca Andreescu. Just like the Australian, world number 1 and outgoing winner, and the Japanese, crowned for the second time in her career at the US Open last week, the young 20-year-old Canadian player will not be in the game this year at Porte d’Auteuil. Andreescu’s agent informed the Canadian press on Saturday evening that his protégé, still injured, would not play in the Roland-Garros tournament, the qualifications of which will begin Monday on the courts of Porte d’Auteuil. The Canadian titled last year at the US Open had posted a few hours ago on Instagram photos that had cast doubt on her participation. On the pictures in question, the young woman was indeed posing at the window of an apartment …. Parisian. If Andreescu went (or still is) in the capital, it is not, however, for tennis reasons.

Andreescu hasn’t played for almost a year now!

The world number 7 did not compete for her trophy earlier this month in New York, and she will not line up at Roland Garros, where she had not gone further than the 32nd finals, in 2019 for her first participation in the meeting. A package that does not constitute a big surprise, knowing that the player of Romanian origin has not played a match since the 2019 Shenzhen Women’s Masters, almost a year ago. After losing against Simona Halep from the start, she had to give up after a set in her second group match, against Karolina Pliskova. The former number 4 in the WTA rankings suffered from a right knee. Today, it is an illness of a different nature which forces him to continue to take his illness patiently. In Rome this week, Andreescu considered making his comeback in competition, before finally giving up. His coach Sylvain Bruneau then estimated at the time the timing for playing Roland-Garros “too tight”. He was right.

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