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Bianca Andreescu to miss Australian Open

2019 US Open - Day 13

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu of Canada kisses the championship trophy during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the Women’s Singles final against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Bianca Andreescu will miss the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam since she beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final.

The Canadian Andreescu cited rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match with Karolina Pliskova at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. The Australian Open begins Jan. 20.

“The Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process, and I sadly will not be able to play in it this year,” was posted on Andreescu’s social media. “It was a very tough decision to make as I love to play in Melbourne, but I have to respect the recuperation plan for my knee and body.”

Andreescu, 19, has not played since the WTA Finals, withdrawing on Dec. 24 from what would have been her 2020 season-opening tournament in Auckland this week.

Andreescu’s injuries are piling up in her young career. After winning Indian Wells, she missed the French Open and Wimbledon last year following a rotator cuff tear, making her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed all the more impressive. Andreescu was a qualifier into the 2019 Australian Open main draw, where she lost in the second round.

She was named Canada’s Athlete of the Year and is now ranked sixth in the world.

Andreescu joins other major champions out of the Australian Open due to injury, including Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro.

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