Bianca Andreescu: under the radar but not for long!


Ain’t lined up to play singles.

Leylah Annie Fernandez will lead the Canadian charge on the opening day of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifier against Switzerland after world No. 6 Bianca Andreescu failed in her fitness race to compete in singles in Biel.

Seventeen-year-old Fernandez will start for the visitors against Jil Teichmann after the Swiss No. 2's name was drawn out to compete first on Friday.

The second singles match on the opening day will see world No. 5 Belinda Bencic playing Eugenie Bouchard. The Swiss has won both their previous encounters but the two players haven't faced off for five years.

Bencic will face Fernandez in the first match of the day on Saturday, with Teichmann scheduled to play Bouchard in the battle of the No. 2s.

The doubles, should it be required, currently sees Viktorija Golubic and Stefanie Voegele taking on Andreescu and Gabriela Dabrowski.


Talk Tennis Guru
Tebbutt: Getting the feel in Biel
Bianca Andreescu is in Biel with her Fed Cup teammates and had time on Tuesday, a day off from practice for her, to have a chat.

TT: What did you miss the most since you’ve been out?

BA: (Laughing) Playing, competing! It’s not easy because I’m injured again and I’m just trying my best to prevent as much as possible. It’s really hard to just sit back again – and miss the Australian Open especially after the amazing year I had in 2019 at the US Open. I really thought I could go back-to-back – but that’s life and you have to deal with those obstacles and I think I’m doing a pretty good job with that, but I’m just super eager to start playing again.

TT: Was it hard to follow and watch the Australian Open?

BA: Don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy for everyone that’s playing, especially Sonya (Kenin) – she did an amazing job the whole tournament. I watched a lot of her matches. But I really wanted to be there so it’s also tough at the same time. If there’s one thing I learned from being off and not playing is to stay as patient as possible because I have a long career ahead of me and I don’t want to rush anything and make things even worse than they are.

TT: What’s your actual status for this tie against the Swiss team?

BA: I think there’s still a chance. We haven’t made any decisions yet but I’m hoping I can play.

TT: What’s been the most important thing you’ve done in your rehab for the knee?

BA: I think it’s the mental aspect of everything. I think that’s the most important thing for me. I know I talk about it a lot – but I really do believe in it. I think if I’m healthy mentally then my knee will sort of sort itself out but at the same time I’m going to have to do exercises for it and rest, which I’ve been doing. But I think the mental part is an extra thing that helps me the most.

TT: Where did your friendship with Sonya (Kenin) start and how did it grow?

BA: It started in Acapulco when we first played each other (February, 2019 and Kenin won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the semi-finals). I’d played many junior tournaments with her but we never really sat down and spoke like we did all of last year. I think that’s because we are kind of the up-and-comers, we kind of find ourselves…Since then we kind of just starting talking, hanging out and it got a bit more when we did the exhibition at the Aurora Games (in Albany, New York) before the US Open. And now seeing me winning a Grand Slam and her winning a Grand Slam it’s just crazy because I remember us talking about how we wanted to accomplish that as soon as possible and it’s funny how it happened back-to-back.

TT: I got a little bit mad on Saturday watching the women’s final on ESPN – not once did they mention the person who won the (2019) US Open?

BA: They didn’t, maybe that’s because I wasn’t playing.

TT: But you won the previous Grand Slam and it’s not like you disappeared off the planet. Obviously, I may be prejudiced, but I think you’re the best player in the world at the moment.

BA: Are you serious?

TT: Who’s been as consistent? You won Indian Wells and then Rogers Cup and the US Open. The only two loses you had at the end of the year were to Naomi Osaka in Beijing in three sets and you led 3-1 in each set, and to Simona Halep in Shenzhen and you had a match point. Those are loses but they’re as close as they can be so you’ve been more consistent than anybody. (Ashleigh) Barty has been pretty good – she’s the closest to you.

BA: I really though she (Barty) was going to win. It would have been sick for her to have Shenzhen (WTA Finals) and Australian Open back-to-back.


Hall of Fame
I’m sure she and her team are doing everything they can to get her back o the courts. I’ll be watching whenever she decides to come back!!!!

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
I’m sure she and her team are doing everything they can to get her back o the courts. I’ll be watching whenever she decides to come back!!!!
Not coming back till her knee is 100% recovered I expect she will return in Miami or the clay season


Talk Tennis Guru
Substantial :cool: :

The Comeback Kid
And so the question as this magazine goes to press is whether the young Canadian champion will be in Indian Wells. Will an appearance mean that her body has healed enough, not only to defend her title here, but also to carry her through the season and reveal her potential to be a multi-Grand Slam champion? Or, if she doesn’t play the BNP Paribas Open this month, will there be cause to wonder if the light that burns twice as bright will burn half as long?

Even if her body does not heal, her heart is clearly willing.
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The whole ATP tour is at risk for cancellation taking the same prudent approach that the NBA and other leagues have announced or have under active consideration. I'm sure there are other Bianca'a out there that could well benefit from a two or three month hiatus from the rigors of the tour!


Talk Tennis Guru
Saw her main coach here in Montreal at Jarry Park yesterday.
I said to myself this is strange (she's not training here these days), and it was.


Talk Tennis Guru
Andreescu's agent confirmed Saturday to The Canadian Press that the 2019 U.S. Open champion would not play in the third Grand Slam of the season, extending her absence from competitive tennis to nearly a calendar year.