Bianca Andreescu crouched down on the court in tears after injuring her foot in the second set of the MIami Masters final against Ash Barty on Saturday, retiring minutes later with a 6-3, 4-0, loss.
The 20-year-old Canadian who missed the entire 2020 season due mainly to other injuries after winning the 2019 US Open title, could not believe the jinx which seems to be keeping her from achieving on court in the major moments.
It took some hard advice from her fitness trainer to convince her that retirement from the match was the wisest option.
“I didn’t want to stop, but my trainer saved me from myself. I’ve been trying to push myself through continuously. But if I had done that it would have been worse.”
The Canadian was comforted at the net by Barty, who defended her 2019 trophy here in less than an hour. as she won the 10th title of her career.
“This was a great tournament and I’ve been through a lot with my body,” Andreescu said. “It all seemed to be good up to today.
“This was a freak accident, I twisted my foot. Other than that I’m super-grateful, this was one of my first events back in a really long time.”
The finalist was not afraid to let her emotions flow: “I wear them on my sleeve, it’s a strength and has helped me win matches. It’s how I express myself.”
Once again, Andreescu and her team will go through another recovery process, with no timeline currently available.
“I’m only 20 and I don’t want to risk anything, I’m proud of myself for today, But I’m pretty resilient.
“To retire today took a lot.”