MELBOURNE, Australia – Finally, Bianca Andreescu is back.
(See what we did with the headline there? Alliteration is EVERYTHING).
After 15 months away, the 20-year-old Canadian returned to action and defeated lucky loser Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round of the Australian Open Monday.
Wednesday, she plays the crafty veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taipei.
And after getting John Cain Arena for her first round, she opens the action on Rod Laver Arena Wednesday.
The schedulers were kind to Canadians. The 11 a.m. start translates to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the eastern parts of Canada, 4 p.m. in B.C.
The road to the top – still up to date!
While we’re at it, it’s a good time to remind you of a FABULOUS book written after Andreescu made history by winning the US Open women’s singles title in 2019.
Just six weeks and a few matches later, Andreescu was out. A torn meniscus, and all the challenges posed by the pandemic, put her on the shelf.
So “She, the North” is as timely now as it was then.
That’s not a good thing – at least for Andreescu. But little has changed since she held up that trophy, except for a tough period during which she fought to get back on the court.
So in a blatant bit of self-promotion, read all about how she got to the top of women’s tennis.
There are a ton of great pics, too, many taken by Open Court as we were there to chronicle her journey from nearly the beginning. And some great archival pics of little Bianca as well.
You can get it on Indigo (e-book also available).
Listen in to Andreescu v Hsieh with Open Court on AO Radio
And in another piece of news, we’ll be on AO Radio today commentating the Andreescu match on Rod Laver Arena.
Down in the bunker, the court at eye level. Best perspective in the house.
If you want the ultimate intel on the Canadian and her comeback, tune into the match via whatever stream or network you’re watching, mute the sound, and fire up AO Radio on the app or from the web site.
AO Radio can also be heard on: 99.7FM, Vision Australia Radio, ATP Tennis Radio, ESPN Sirius, and stations of the SEN network.