Bianca Andreescu will not return to action this month after she was left out of Canada’s Fed Cup team for the World Group playoff against the Czech Republic.
Andreescu has been the star of 2019 after winning the Indian Wells title following a final appearance in Auckland and a run to the semis in Acapulco.
Her sensational triumph at Indian Wells saw her beat five seeds — including Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber.
She looked on course for the “Sunshine Double” in Miami but was forced to withdraw with a right shoulder injury during her last-16 match against Anett Kontaveit.
Canada had hoped to have Andreescu in its team for the Fed Cup clash in Prostejov, but she remains sidelined.
Canada have announced their #FedCup squad to take on Czech Republic… pic.twitter.com/Ui6Lf6TPy3
— Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 10, 2019
“Bianca Andreescu was not named in the Canadian Fed Cup team for the upcoming tie against the Czech Republic due to a lingering injury that she suffered during the Miami Open,” a Tennis Canada statement read. “Andreescu has been recuperating and slowly preparing for her return to competition.”
Andreescu followed up with a Twitter post later Tuesday in which she expressed her sadness over not being able to compete for her country.
Representing Canada at Fed Cup has always been a dream of mine and I’m very sad that due to my shoulder injury, I won’t be able to play this next tie against Czech. I’m working hard with my team to make sure I’m stronger and better than ever so I can get back on court soon.
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) April 10, 2019
“Representing Canada at Fed Cup has always been a dream of mine and I’m very sad that due to my shoulder injury, I won’t be able to play this next tie against Czech. I’m working hard with my team to make sure I’m stronger and better than ever so I can get back on court soon.”
The Madrid Open in early May appears a realistic prospect for Andreescu to make her return as she looks to be ready for the French Open at the end of that month.