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After dropping the first set on a tie-break, Bianca Andreescu was 2-0 in the second half. The 31-ranked Canadian star had the upper hand against Ekaterina Alexandrova to regain lost footing before it all fell over.
Andreescu fell on her ankle which forced her to retire from the match. She did not have the energy to leave on her own and required a wheelchair for the suspected ankle injury. Her repeated cries of ‘Not again’ cast gloom and doom at the Hard Rock Stadium.
She was upbeat in the aftermath of the fourth-round injury but is still awaiting updates on the situation. Admitting that it was the worst pain she has ever felt, Bianca asked her fans for their prayers.
“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 the official results. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and kind words, doesn’t go unnoticed,” Andreescu posted on Twitter.
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
Support from fans and peers
There has been an outpour of support for Andreescu from fans and competitors alike. Ekaterina Alexandrova saw it all happen from the first row and shared what were the feelings of every onlooker in the stadium.
“I’m just really sorry that it happened to [Andreescu],” said Alexandrova. “Seeing her on the court in so much pain, it’s just painful to watch. You cannot help, you can do nothing, which is terrible.”
“I think she’s going to be fine soon, and I’m wishing for her speedy recovery. The first set was super tough and great, and it probably could be a pretty good match for both of us, but unfortunately [Andreescu’s injury] happened,” the Russian added.
Mortifying scenes in Miami as Bianca Andreescu falls and hurts herself.
This audio is heartbreaking to listen to.
“I’ve never felt this kind of pain before.”
Bianca does not deserve this again.
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) March 28, 2023
Alexandrova moved into the quarter-finals where she will take on the challenge of 12th-ranked Petra Kvitova. On the other hand, Andreescu will return to the drawing board like Emma Raducanu whom she defeated in the second round.
Yet another major injury setback
She will have to chalk her way back on the circuit and is in a similar boat to Raducanu. Moreover, just like Raducanu, injury has been a constant thorn in Andreescu’s career. While it has been a niggling wrist injury that has kept the Brits’ rise in check, the Canadian has been held back due to knee injuries.
In addition to the duo having their Miami Open marred by injuries, they have more in common. They have Romanian heritage and winning the US Open has brought more heartache than love.
BIG CLASH IN MIAMI! ⚡️
And lot of things in common…
🇨🇦 Born in Canada
🇷🇴 Romanian origin
🇺🇸 US Open champions
Who wins today between Andreescu and Raducanu? 👇 pic.twitter.com/uNqt46vNG1
— Relevant Tennis (@RelevantTennis) March 22, 2023
Her success at Flushing Meadows in the final grand slam of the 2019 campaign was followed by a tumultuous 2020 season. Knee injuries did not allow her to operate on full capacity and she was sidelined for numerous months.
Andreescu has not been the same since, lacking the fitness to compete regularly and make an impact. She had impressed in 2023 in Miami and the Thailand Open but her hand was forced.
Prior to breaking on the Hard Rock Stadium, she was in a similar situation in the Thailand Open semi-finals and had to withdraw. She was back in action in four days in Abu Dhabi but a similar return seems unlikely this time around.