Bianca Andreescu withdrawals from ASB Classic due to knee injury

Ailish Forfar
NHL Editor
Following a successful, but injury-plagued 2019 season, Bianca Andreescu will not take part in the first tournament of 2020 in New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

After a historic 2019, Bianca Andreescu — the first tennis player to ever win the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete — will be sidelined to start the 2020 season due to ongoing knee issues.

The 19-year-old confirmed on Monday that she will miss the ASB Classic which kicks off on Jan. 13 in Auckland, New Zealand.

“I’m super disappointed about it,” said Andreescu in a video from the tournament’s official account that was released on Twitter. “I spoke to my team and I really have to do what’s best for my knee right now. I had so many amazing memories there so hopefully I can create more in 2021.”

The decision stems from the knee injury that forced her to withdraw from the WTA Finals in October and limited her off-season training.

Andreescu took the tennis world by storm last season. 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.

Withdrawing from this season-opening tournament will hopefully give Andreescu the extra time required to be in top form for the year’s first Grand Slam — the Australian Open — which begins in Melbourne on Jan. 20.

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