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Defending Champion Bianca Andreescu Is Out of US Open

Women’s US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu will not play in this year’s tournament, citing the recent COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on her return from injury as the reason for pulling out. Andreescu has been out after injuring her knee during October’s WTA Finals.

The 20-year-old Canadian, who was victorious against Serena Williams in last year’s final, said: “I have made the decision not to return to New York this year. I have taken this step in order to focus on my fitness and make sure I am ready to return at my highest level.”

This year’s US Open gets underway on August 31st at Flushing Meadow, and will be played behind closed doors.

She went on to say in her statement: “Unforseen challenges from cancellation of events because of the pandemic have compromised my ability to prepare and compete so that I can play at the highest level.”

Four of the top 20 women’s players have now pulled out of the tournament, including world number one Ashleigh Barty, as well as Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens. Simona Halep, the world number two, is said to be considering to pull out too.

Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, says she plans at this time to still take part.

Novak Djokovic, the men’s world number one player, will play at the US open. His strongest rivals however, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will not be there. Nadal has withdrawn due to fears of coronavirus infection, whilst Federer recovers from recent surgery on his right knee.