Bianca Andreescu - 2019 US Open champion

Bianca Andreescu suffers further fitness setback as knee injury forces her out of Dubai Duty Free

Bianca Andreescu has suffered more injury frustration after being forced to withdraw from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The US Open champion has barely been seen since her win at Flushing Meadows in September, and her knee complaint kept her out of the Australian Open as well.

The signs had looked positive earlier this month when she was named in Canada’s Fed Cup squad, even though she never actually got involved in singles action.

However, it appears there has been another set-back, forcing her to remain on the sidelines.

“I’m very sad to announce that I won’t be able to compete in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next week,” Andreescu said.

“I’m not at 100 per cent yet and following my team and doctor’s recommendation, I don’t want to take any risk to re-injure my knee.

“Each day I get closer to being back to the court competing but Dubai is just too soon. I hope I can come and play in Dubai next year.”

World number one Ashleigh Barty has also withdrawn from the event with a foot injury.

The line-up remains strong, though, with SImona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, and Sofia Kenin all involved.

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.