But injuries have been a bit of a problem throughout Andreescu’s career, ending his 2019 season earlier and adding adversity to a life-changing year.
Andreescu hasn’t played since retiring from the group stage of the Shiseido WTA Shenzhen final with a knee injury last fall, but she told TSN’s Mark Masters via videoconference that she was learning to see her injuries as learning experiences rather than negatives.
“There is good and bad in every situation. But for me, having these injuries at such a young age in my opinion is beneficial because it really helps me to better understand my body and what I want physically and mentally. Or knowing what my threshold is and anything that will help prevent future injuries, I hope, “said Andreescu.
“So I’m trying to think of it as positive as much as possible because I learned so much about myself at the time, so I’m really thankful. It’s a bittersweet period when that happens. “
Meanwhile, no one is sure when tennis will return, but if the French Open is played in September as planned, Andreescu says that is his goal this season.
“Becoming No. 1 has always been up there. Maybe the French Open will take place in September, who knows, I hope. Since the start of the year, I have spoken to my coach and the goal has been to win the French Open. And since the French Open could still be a possibility so that’s still my goal and if I do, I don’t know how the ranking system is going to be, but if I do, I think I will have good chances of becoming no. 1, ”she said.
When asked if there was someone she wanted to play and hadn’t had a chance, Andreescu did not hesitate, naming the best player in the WTA.
“Ashleigh Barty. I would definitely love to play her because she is one of the women on tour who has a different playing style than most. And I think it will be a great challenge to play it. “
“It would certainly be a fun game for the public. “
Andreescu currently ranks 6th in the WTA ranking, one place ahead of Kiki Bertens and one behind Elina Svitolina at number 4.