Mississauga tennis star climbs 49 spots in world rankings


Published May 17, 2022 at 12:21 pm


Having returned to action just last month after a lengthy absence from the sport, Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu is quickly climbing the world tennis player rankings once again.

The 21-year-0ld, who burst onto the world tennis scene with a surprise US Open win in 2019, now sits at No. 72 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings after a strong showing at last week’s Italian Open in Rome.

Competing in her third tournament since taking a break in 2019 due to a knee injury and mental health concerns, Andreescu won three matches en route to a quarter-final appearance, where she lost decisively to WTA No. 1 Iga Swiatek, of Poland.

The Mississaugan entered play in Rome last week as the world’s 90th-ranked player.

In April, Andreescu returned to the court after a six-month absence to play at the Prosche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

She was ranked No. 121 at the time.

On May 1, Andreescu defeated the United States’ Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-1 at the Mutua Madrid Open for her first win over a top-10 opponent since 2019.

Collins was ranked No. 8 at the time.

In her three tournaments this year to date, Andreescu has won six of her nine matches on clay, the highlight her quarter-final appearance in Rome.

She said recently that her passion for tennis has returned, and that she took the time off to prepare herself both physically and mentally.

Andreescu told media at the Italian Open that the past few years have been tough for her, but she’s slowly “getting to my top form” again.

Andreescu has battled through a number of injuries since capturing the hearts of many in this country in 2019 when she won the US Open, the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Over the last three years, her play has been limited due to a knee injury and COVID-19. When she did play, she was inconsistent and bowed out of tournaments early.

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