Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has confirmed that her back issue is not of a serious nature and that she should be ready to compete at the National Bank Open in Toronto next week. Andreescu, 22, kicked off her summer on hard courts this week at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.
Andreescu’s San Jose run was short-lived as the Canadian suffered a 6-4 6-2 loss to Shelby Rogers in the first round. Andreescu was visibly struggling with a back injury throughout the match and required a medical intervention.
Since Andreescu didn’t look well on the court, some feared she might be forced to pull out of next week’s WTA 1000 event in Toronto. But the MRI results results seemingly weren’t that bad as Andreescu is expected to compete next week.
“Hi everyone! Yesterday was a tough match for me in San Jose. I felt some discomfort in my back but I’m now on my way back to Toronto to rest a bit and get ready to play next week on Tuesday night. Can’t wait to see you all out there,” Andreescu said in a statement posted on social media.
Andreescu enjoyed a triumphant Toronto run in 2019
The women’s edition of this year’s National Bank Open is scheduled to take place in Toronto. Andreescu will be making her fourth main draw appearance at the National Bank Open next week.
In 2017, Andreescu suffered a first round defeat at the National Bank Open in Toronto. Two years later, Andreescu lifted her first National Bank Open title after Serena Williams retired their final. The National Bank Open was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Last year, the National Bank Open returned in Montreal. There, Andreescu failed to defend her National Bank Open title from 2019 as she was beaten by Ons Jabeur in the last-16. It remains to be seen how far can Andreescu go in Toronto this year.