After 16 months out, Bianca Andreescu is set for her return at The Australian Open

Over the last year or more soo much has happened but also, so much hasn’t happened.

Bianca Andreescu has not been seen on a tennis court since October 2019 when she retired with a knee injury against Karolina Pliskova at the WTA Finals. Her phenomenal break through year in 2019 which had its injury issues but triumphs at Indian Wells, Montreal and of course Flushing Meadows seems a long way away now but she is back and raring to go.

Bianca’s opponent? Mihaela Buzarenescu. Mihaela is a very experienced player and I want to start off by saying she is one of the nicest players I have met! I met her at WTA Birmingham a few years back and is lovely!

Having not played for almost 15 months, Mihaela is not the player I would like to come up against. She is strong on her ground strokes and uses a lot of slice/spin on the ball as well as a great touch at the net.

Mihaela was almost knocking on the door of the top 20 just over two years ago so has a lot of experience on the tour but has never won a singles match at Melbourne Park on two previous occasions.

It will be fantastic to see Bianca back on the court, we can only imagine what she has gone through. To have had instant success at 18 and hampered by injuries since I really do hope this is a move in the right direction for Bianca.

A knee injury, followed by a foot injury and the world in a global pandemic did hit the 20 year old hard as it did many people around the world. Bianca said: “Like anyone, I had my bad days” “Sometimes I would just sit in my bed and cry because I couldn’t do anything”

In a short amount of time in 2019 she did some outstanding things on a tennis court, it was beyond belief, a script from fantasy film but she made the improbable happen. She showed guts, determination, skill and belief in her game. Her game has power, touch, and she reads rallies soo well.

Coming back to competition she has said “I’m really looking forward to it” and I hope it goes well on Monday morning 5am BST.

Twitter – @rogerscup

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