US Open champion Bianca Andreescu pulls out of ASB Classic

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US Initiating champion Bianca Andreescu on Tuesday pulled out of her Australian Initiating warm-up match, the Auckland WTA Classic, as she continues to be suffering from a knee hurt.

The 19-year-old had a breakout season in 2019, finishing runner-up at the last edition of the tournament in Auckland, before stunning Serena Williams on two separate occasions, to claim the U.S. and Canadian Open.

Playing too much tennis in the first three months, Andreescu suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth round in Miami against Anett Kontaveit, playing only one match until August and making a return in front of the home fans in Toronto. After starting the year outside the top-100 in the WTA rankings, she picked up wins at Indian Wells, the Rogers Cup and US Open to skyrocket to fifth in the world.

"Bianca Andreescu is the only choice for Canada's female athletes of the year", said Globe and Mail sports editor Shawna Richer. Would she be even more dominant? She started the year at No. 152. To round it off, she has committed to play at the Charleston Open in April.

Former No. 1 Wozniacki has started her season in Auckland every year since 2015 and has made the hard court tournament the first stop of her short farewell tour.

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"I think after this moment, I really thought I could win a Grand Slam".

"In the back of my head, it's always that thought (where) you know you're playing somebody who is in the top five or top 10", Andreescu said.

"I don't know how to do that".

Several strong showings later, she took her maiden title, at the BNP Paribas Open, where she defeated top-20 players in each of the last four rounds, including Garbine Muguruza and, in the championship match, Angelique Kerber. She posted a 48-7 record on the campaign and totalled $6.5 million in earnings.

Alexandra Wozniak (2009), Helen Kelesi (1989, 1990) and Carling Bassett (1985) are the other tennis players to have won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Biennial.

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