The Miami Open 2023 has reached a crucial stage with only a handful of star players now progressing to the quarterfinals of the tournament. One such name to miss out on the quarterfinals berth was former US Open champion Bi anca Andreescu. The 22-year-old tennis player was forced to retire during her Round of 16 match against Ekaterina Alexandrova.
On Tuesday (March 28) during the pre-quarterfinals match against Russian tennis player Ekaterina Alexandrova was left in severe pain as she landed awkwardly, thus injuring her ankle. With her Russian counterpart already taking the first set, this incident took place with Bianca already leading the second set 2-0.
The young player received on-court medical attention but was later taken away on a wheelchair. “I have never felt this much pain,” the Canadian player said as she was left in tears.
Not only this, but she also received a heartwarming gesture from the spectators as well her opponent at the court. While the Russian hugged her before she was taken off the court, the spectators also gave a standing ovation and wished for her speedy recovery.
Ekaterina Alexandrova will now go head-to-head against Czech tennis professional Petra Kvitova on March 30 in the Quarterfinals.