Bianca Andreescu withdraws from season-opener in Auckland amid ongoing 'knee issues'

Auckland Classic organisers suffered a major setback to their tournament lineup on Tuesday with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu withdrawing due to 'knee issues'.

Reuters December 24, 2019 11:22:36 IST
Bianca Andreescu withdraws from season-opener in Auckland amid ongoing 'knee issues'
  • Auckland Classic organisers suffered a major setback to their tournament lineup on Tuesday with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu withdrawing due to 'knee issues'

  • The Canadian teenager had been the top seed for the 6 to 12 January tournament, which is a traditional warm-up event for players fine-tuning their game ahead of the Australian Open

  • Two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova and American teenagers Amanda Anisimova and Coco Gauff have also entered the tournament before they head to Melbourne Park for the season-opening Grand Slam

Wellington: Auckland Classic organisers suffered a major setback to their tournament lineup on Tuesday with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu withdrawing due to “knee issues”.

Bianca Andreescu withdraws from seasonopener in Auckland amid ongoing knee issues

File image of Bianca Andreescu. AP

The Canadian teenager had been the top seed for the 6 to 12 January tournament, which is a traditional warm-up event for players fine-tuning their game ahead of the Australian Open.

“Organisers have been advised that Bianca Andreescu has had to withdraw from the upcoming event due to her ongoing knee issues,” the tournament said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We are disappointed not to welcome Bianca back and wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.”

Andreescu came through qualifying in Auckland earlier this year only to lose to Germany’s Julia Goerges in the final, which she used as a springboard for a sensational 2019.

She won her first WTA Tour title at Indian Wells, then beat Serena Williams in the finals in Toronto and again at Flushing Meadows to clinch her first Grand Slam title.

The Auckland tournament had assembled arguably its strongest ever field with Andreescu, Williams, former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko all confirmed.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova and American teenagers Amanda Anisimova and Coco Gauff have also entered the tournament before they head to Melbourne Park for the season-opening Grand Slam that runs from 20 January to 2 February.

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