Days before the start of the much-anticipated French Open 2021, world number 7 Biancra Andreescu pulled out of a clay court warmup event in Strasbourg on Wednesday as a precautionary measure after complaining of abdominal pain. Notably, the Canadian tennis ace, who is among the top seeds of the Roland Garros this year, felt a twinge during her 6-1, 6-4 win against Maryna Zanevska of Belgium on Tuesday.
The development is a significant one since an injury could seriously impact her chances at the Grand Slam whose main draw is set to commence on the coming Sunday. The 20-year-old won't be particularly pleased with her injury as she already has had a couple of difficult years after clinching the US Open in 2019.
"I will be pulling out of my next match, because I did feel a little bit of an ab tear, and I don't want to push it at all for Roland Garros," she said.
"I don't want to take any risks. Nothing serious though. It’s a little discomfort," she added.
I won’t win the French Open: Roger Federer
Meanwhile, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, who hasn't won a French Open title since 2009, believes this year it won't be any different.
"I’m just realistic that I know I will not win the French Open, and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong. Of course, crazier things might have happened, but I’m not so sure in the last 50 years at the French Open, somebody just rocked up at 40-years-old, being out for a year and a half and just go on to just win everything straight," Federer, who resumed playing from the Qatar Open after two knee surgeries, had earlier told Reuters.