It's been a long few months for Bianca Andreescu. Fed Cup tennis action begins this week, though, and the teenager's 2020 looks closer and closer to finally getting started. Bibi was snapped warming up in Switzerland ahead of the qualifying matches, although she admits it's still touch-and-go as to whether she will actually be fit to play.

Andreescu hasn't played competitive tennis since injuring her knee at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen at the end of October.

The U.S. Open champion was forced to sit out the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, January's Australian Open, as it came too soon in her recovery.

However, late last month, it was suggested that the Mississauga-born star could be back in competitive action after four months out when the Fed Cup qualifiers take place this weekend.

Andreescu is currently slated to face Belinda Bencic as Canada takes on Switzerland at the nation-based tournament. Qualifying action takes place this Friday and Saturday, February 7-8.

And she told Tennis Canada on Tuesday, February 4: "I think there’s still a chance. We haven’t made any decisions yet but I’m hoping I can play."

In the lead-up to that possible appearance, on Monday, the sport's national governing body shared a video of Andreescu training on the warmup court.

 

And on Tuesday, February 4, the Fed Cup's official account also shared a clip of her putting herself through her paces.

Remarkably, Team Canada seems to have found an even younger female star. The 19-year-old Andreescu was filmed playing alongside 17-year-old Montreal resident Leylah Fernandez.

While she's been out of action, Andreescu has been recuperating, naturally.

She's also been getting out and about, though, making the most of her enforced time off.

From chilling with Wayne Gretzky to travelling through Europe, the star has hopefully had some time to process her incredible success in 2019.

 

But on Tuesday, she admitted it's been pretty damn tough to sit by and watch in recent months.

"It’s really hard to just sit back again and miss the Australian Open especially after the amazing year I had in 2019 at the US Open," Andreescu told Tennis Canada.

"I really thought I could go back-to-back. But that’s life and you have to deal with those obstacles."

After describing missing the Australian Open as "tough," she showed her maturity again by acknowledging that the most important part of injuries is learning to heal fully.

"If there’s one thing I learned from being off and not playing it's to stay as patient as possible, because I have a long career ahead of me and I don’t want to rush anything and make things even worse than they are," she added.

That's true, but it won't stop many fans hoping she turns out after all this weekend. 

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