“I DON’T FEEL LIKE MY OWN”: Bianca Andreescu to skip Aussie Open

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Canada’s Bianca Andreescu will not play at the Australian Open next month following a difficult period brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, the former US Open champion said on Monday.

Andreescu, 21, said the time spent self-isolating in quarantined hotels had taken its toll on her mentally and physically and that she didn’t feel like herself during training and games.

“I felt like I was carrying the world on my shoulders,” Andreescu wrote on Twitter, who also said her grandmother had spent weeks in intensive care due to a COVID-19 infection.

“I couldn’t detach myself from everything that was going on off the pitch; felt the collective sadness and turmoil around and it took its toll on me. “

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Andreescu became Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion with her 2019 US Open triumph, when she defeated Serena Williams in the final, but suffered a series of injuries starting with a knee problem in the final of this year’s WTA in Shenzhen.

The hard-hitting Canadian withdrew from this year’s Tokyo Olympics, a move she attributed to all the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andreescu, who last competed on the WTA Tour in October in Indian Wells where her title defense ended in the third round against Anett Kontaveit, did not say when she would return.

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“I want to give myself more time to put myself back in place, recover and grow from it… and continue to inspire by doing charity work, giving back and working on myself because I know by doing this , I will come back stronger than ever, ”says Andreescu.

“So I won’t be starting my season in Australia this year but I will take a little more time to think, train and be ready for the next 2022 tennis season.”

The Australian Open kicks off on January 17th.

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