Bianca Andreescu withdraws from Thailand

Bianca Andreescu withdraws from Thailand


Canadian Bianca Andreescu, struggling with pain in her right shoulder, withdrew in the second set of her duel against Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in the semi-finals of the Tennis Open from Thailand on Saturday.

The Ontarian didn't seem quite comfortable late in the first set, eventually dropping four straight games at 3-5 , to bow 7-5. After his opponent took a 4-0 lead in the second set, Andreescu decided to throw in the towel.

The first seed in Hua Hin, by virtue of being ranked 42nd in the world, n t was no longer in the game in the second round. Her powerless serve only allowed her to win just one of eight points on the first serve.

Andreescu had beaten another Ukrainian, Marta Kostyuk, to reach the four aces. She had won in two totally different sets of 6-0 and 7-6 (3).

Veteran Tsurenko, 136th racket in the world, thus reached her first final since 2019, she who previously occupied the 23rd echelon in the WTA. She will face China's Zhu Lin in the final match, who defeated her compatriot and doubles partner, Wang Xinyu, in the previous round.

Andreescu's journey should, however, allow her to return to the top 40 in the standings and thus become the best Canadian again, ahead of Quebecer Leylah Fernandez (38th).