Mississauga tennis star Andreescu returns to court this weekend in Montreal

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Published August 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm

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There’s no place like home for Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu.

The Canadian tennis star, who dropped out of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, will be making her return to the court this weekend in Montreal at the 2021 National Bank Open.

The 2019 defending champion of Canada’s biggest tournament expressed her excitement about stepping back on the court on her Twitter feed

“Can’t wait to see you soon Montreal,” she tweeted.

Andreescu surprised many when she announced in an Instagram post in mid-July that she had withdrawn from Canada’s Olympic tennis team.

At the time she announced it was due to pandemic-related challenges.

“I would like to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics later this month,” Andreescu wrote on her post.

“I have been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was a little girl, but with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself.”

It’s been an up-and-down time for Andreescu since beating Serena Williams to win the 2019 US Open.

The Canadian tennis star hurt her knee in the 2019 WTA Finals forcing her to miss all the 2020 season. In her return this year, she lost in the second round of the Australian Open, before falling in the semifinals of the Phillip Island Trophy.

A foot her injury forced her to retire in the final of the Miami Open. She then tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw from the Madrid Open, Italian Open and then again in the quarterfinal of the Strasbourg Open when she suffered an abdominal injury.

After her opening-round loss in the French Open in early June she announced that her and long-time coach Sylvain Bruneau were partying ways. That was followed by second-round losses in Berlin and Eastbourne in tune-ups to Wimbledon, where she would once again bow out early, losing in the first round.

The 2021 National Bank Open opens this Saturday and the WTA even runs through to August 15.

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