MADRID — Bianca Andreescu made a welcome return to the court at the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday night. Though the 2019 US Open champion did not come away with a victory, she’s aware the biggest win was being able to compete just a month after tearing two ligaments in her ankle in last month’s Miami Open.
After starting the season ranked No.46, Andreescu looked well on her way to a vintage fortnight in Miami after tallying wins over Emma Raducanu, Maria Sakkari and Sofia Kenin to advance to the Round of 16. Facing Ekaterina Alexandrova for a spot in the quarterfinals, the 22-year-old Canadian collapsed to the ground just three games into the match and was wheeled off the court in tears. Scans revealed a full tear of two ligaments in her left ankle.
Andreescu provides injury update after Miami injury
“I worked really hard during my rehab because I wanted to get back on court as soon as possible,” Andreescu told WTA Insider after her 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 loss to Wang Xiyyu in the second round of Madrid. “I’ve been through the process so I knew what to expect. My progress was pretty up and down. But the last week I would say I made the biggest progress.
“Honestly, until two days ago I didn’t feel as confident. So it was super, super soon. It was really great to test my ankle in a match like this. It was almost three hours.”
If Andreescu rushed herself back into competition, it certainly did not show in the early stages of her match against Wang. Andreescu led by a set and 3-0 and looked in control of the match before Wang’s big-hitting game began to make inroads.
“I knew I could have had it, especially in the second set,” Andreescu