Bianca Andreescu forfeits due to injury

Bianca Andreescu forfeits due to injury

Montreal – April 21st 2018

It has been an injury filled opening to the Canadian leg of the Fed Cup in Montreal so far, as youngster Bianca Andreescu stepped in to replace the injured Francoise Abanda – and the injury bug seemingly hasn’t left the squad just yet. Andreescu was a last minute replacement for Abanda – who had suffered an eye injury, and perhaps the short notice played part in the premature end to a long match.

At just 17 years old; the future for Andreescu is bright and promising – but today will be a day the budding star will likely want to push into the back of her memory.

Andreescu trailed Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 4-0 going into the third set, splitting the first two 4-6 and 6-3, and was  valiantly trying to mount a comeback when she collapsed onto the court in a Fed Cup World Group II playoff. Shortly before the incident, Andreescu appeared to be in some discomfort, crouching down after a play just a few minutes before the pain would become too much for her to continue on with.

Bianca Andreescu at the Fedup - photo: Kieron Yates
Bianca Andreescu shows signs of discomfort – photo: Kieron Yates

Team medics and Tennis Canada officials came to the downed athlete who ultimately was forced to abandon the match and would subsequently leave in a wheelchair while waiving and giving the thumbs up to the applauding fans.

Bianca Andreescu at the Fedup - photo: Kieron Yates
Andreescu down as Tsurenko looks on – photo: Kieron Yates

Murmurs about the court spoke of severe cramping but no official statement had been made on the state of the injury at time of press. Abanda’s eye injury is to be examined ahead of her scheduled Sunday tilt and a decision on if she will be able to play will take place at that time. With both Abanda and Andreescu injured – Canada will need Eugenie Bouchard to step in and win the second match-up later today if Canada are to have any hope of moving onto the next round.

Bianca Andreescu at the Fedup - photo: Kieron Yates
Bianca Andreescu gives the thumbs up – photo: Kieron Yates
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