Canada's tennis revelation in 2019 is suffering through 2020 so far. Bianca Andreescu's injury has had a long road to recovery and it's not over just yet. And after her lingering knee pain has caused her to drop out of several tournaments, the teenager revealed it's been "pretty depressing" at times since October.
In an interview with People published on Tuesday, March 10, the U.S. Open champion shares her experience of suffering such a damaging fitness problem so early in her career.
“It’s not easy. It’s honestly one of the toughest things I think an athlete has to go through in their career,” says Andreescu.
"I try to keep my end goal in mind throughout the whole process because it can be pretty depressing. I try to stay as positive as I can.”
She may try to focus on the good stuff, but Andreescu isn't shy in admitting that some days, it can be tough to face the world.
"Some days I don’t even want to get out of bed," she continues. "But with the end goal in mind, it gets me motivation and inspiration to keep on pushing.”
Just this month, the Mississauga native had to regretfully drop out of the BNP Paribas Open due to her prior injury, per City News.
That tournament was ultimately cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, so her injury didn't make her miss it in the end.
But it came after she had also had to pull out of the first Grand Slam tournament of the decade, January's Australian Open. Andreescu had been installed as second-favourite to win the whole competition before her withdrawal.
And, while her injury has allowed her to do some travelling and take a bit of a break, it sounds like she's just desperate to step onto a court for real again.
Lovely moment at the WTA Photo Shoot this evening as Bianca Andreescu & Kim Clijsters met for the first time. https://t.co/keZnRNAxbX— Jimmie48 Photography (@Jimmie48 Photography)1583816088.0
"I’ve been doing a lot of rehab on my knee, a lot of strengthening. Right now, I’m hoping to play Miami Open (later this month)," she tells People.
And not only that, but she's confident she can prove she's reached an even higher level than the one which saw her become the all-time highest-ranked female Canadian player.
“I’ve been working really, really hard. I’m just ready to start competing again. I think I’ll be competing again at an even higher level than I was before."
How's that for confidence from a young star?
The Miami Open begins in under two weeks, on March 23. It remains to be seen whether Andreescu's injury will let her take part.
For now, Canada has its fingers crossed.