• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
  • Last Update : 02:32 pm

Andreescu won't defend US Open

  • Published at 12:16 am August 15th, 2020
Andreescu
Bianca Andreescu AFP

Her decision means that this year's event, which starts in New York on August 31, will be without both of its 2019 champions after Nadal also said he would skip the tournament over health fears

Reigning US Open women's champion Bianca Andreescu said Thursday she will not defend her title, saying the Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to an inability to prepare for the event.

The 20-year-old Canadian, who defeated Serena Williams in last year's final, said she wants to concentrate on being at her best when she does return to competition.

Her decision means that this year's event, which starts in New York on August 31, will be without both of its 2019 champions after Rafael Nadal also said he would skip the tournament over health fears.

Those who aren't playing in the US Open on the women's side include Australia's top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, Ukraine's fifth-ranked Elina Svitolina, the Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens and sixth-ranked Andreescu.

Serena Williams, one title shy of matching the Grand Slam singles record 24 won by Margaret Court, will be at Flushing Meadows.

Andreescu defeated Williams 6-3, 7-5 in last year's US Open final.

Olga Govortsova of Belarus will take Andreescu's place in the US Open main draw.

Earlier Thursday, three-time champion and world No 1 Novak Djokovic confirmed that he will play the event despite initial reservations over the health protocols being implemented in New York.

Five-time champion Roger Federer, however, is missing as he recovers from knee surgery.

51
51
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail