Andreescu Exits the Miami Open Following Injury Scare

Bianca Andreescu at the 2019 US Open
Bianca Andreescu at the 2019 US Open. Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/Shutterstock (10402854hq)

Bianca Andreescu withdrew from her Round of 16 clash against Ekaterina Alexandrova at the Miami Open on Tuesday after she collapsed with a lower left leg injury. The 2019 U.S. Open champion left the court in a wheelchair as a result of the pain.

Having narrowly lost the first set in a tiebreak, Andreescu appeared to be on the road to a comeback, sprinting into a 2-0 lead in the second set when she collapsed on the baseline during a point. Andreescu was in tears as staff prepared to lift her into a wheelchair and help her off the court. The crowd gave Andreescu a standing ovation as she was wheeled off the court, while her opponent shared an empathetic embrace.

“That was the worst pain I’ve ever felt… praying for nothing serious,” Andreescu wrote on Twitter in a post to her fans. “Still waiting on official results. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and kind words, doesn’t go unnoticed. So much love. Y’all are the best.”

This is the third time in the 22-year-old player’s career that she has had to withdraw from a match due to injury. Her opponent Alexandrova will face Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals on Thursday.