Bianca Andreescu has broken her silence following her retirement from the Miami Open after suffering an ankle injury. The 2019 US Open champion provided an update on social media, expressing her pain and seeking information about her condition. She acknowledged the concern and support from her fans, emphasizing her hope that the injury is not severe and awaiting official results.
During the fourth round of the tournament, Andreescu faced Ekaterina Alexandrova and had already lost the first set tie-break.
Woke up with a brace on my foot… anyone know what happened? 😂😩
On a serious note tho… that was the worst pain I’ve ever felt… praying for nothing serious. Still waiting on official results. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and kind words, doesn’t go unnoticed 🙏🏼
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) March 28, 2023
However, she managed to take an early lead in the second set before encountering a moment of distress. Andreescu appeared to twist her ankle, resulting in excruciating pain and her subsequent retirement from the match.
Pure class from Ekaterina Alexandrova as she hugs Bianca Andreescu and gives her some words of encouragement following the injury in Miami.
Beautiful sportsmanship. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Fse2qmcHAx
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) March 28, 2023
The 22-year-old left the court in tears, raising concerns among her supporters due to her history of previous injuries.
Prior to her unfortunate exit, Andreescu had shown promising form throughout the tournament. She had secured victories against high-ranked players such as No.10 Maria Sakkari, as well as major champions Emma Raducanu and Sofia Kenin. Her injury came at a point when she was on a positive trajectory in the competition.
In response to the incident, Andreescu’s opponent, Ekaterina Alexandrova, expressed her sympathy both on and off the court. She expressed her deep regret for what happened to Andreescu and shared how painful it was to witness the Canadian player in such distress. Alexandrova acknowledged the helplessness of the situation and expressed her well wishes for Andreescu’s swift recovery. She also reflected on the quality of their match and lamented the unfortunate turn of events caused by Andreescu’s injury.
As the tennis world awaits further updates on Andreescu’s condition, fans and fellow players remain hopeful for a positive outcome and a speedy recovery for the talented Canadian player.