CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from next week's Volvo Car Open as the Canadian takes some well-earned time off to heal the right shoulder injury that forced her out of the Miami Open.
Andreescu's phenomenal 10-match winning streak this month saw her capture her maiden WTA title at the BNP Paribas Open as a World No.60-ranked wildcard and go on to make the fourth round in Miami, where she retired trailing Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 2-0. Afterwards, the 18-year-old told the press: "I have played so many matches. I guess this is just a way of my body telling me that it's had enough. The physios and the doctor said that it's nothing too serious, but the pain is there, and I couldn't continue today."
Charleston still boasts a stellar field this year, with defending champion Kiki Bertens and last year's runner-up Julia Goerges both entered. Also slated to be in the draw are Roland Garros finalist Sloane Stephens, 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki, 2017 runner-up Jelena Ostapenko and 2015 runner-up Madison Keys, as well as Aryna Sabalenka, Anastasija Sevastova, Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic. Andreescu's withdrawal has also enabled 2009 champion Sabine Lisicki to move directly into the qualifying entry list.
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In other injury news, WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina, who lost her Miami opener to Wang Qiang after reaching back-to-back semifinals in Dubai and Indian Wells, has announced that she will be taking an unspecified amount of time off to heal persistent knee pain that has been bothering her recently.
"I have been struggling with knee pain for the past five weeks," the Ukrainian posted on social media. "Unfortunately it got worse after long matches and MRI scans confirm it. My team [have] been working really hard to make me feel less pain, so I could compete during US swing. But now I strongly been recommend by doctors to take my time to let it heal."