Tennis·French Open

Bianca Andreescu exits tourney after re-injuring right shoulder

Bianca Andreescu, the No. 22 seed from Mississauga, Ont., has withdrawn ahead of her second-round match against Sofia Kenin at the French Open due to a right shoulder injury.

Canadian tennis star was previously sidelined 2 months with same ailment

Canada's Bianca Andreescu has been forced to withdraw from the French Open ahead of her Round 2 match after re-injuring her right shoulder. (Philippe LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Canadian Bianca Andreescu's return from a two-month injury absence was a short one.

Andreescu withdrew from the French Open on Wednesday ahead of her second-round match against Sofia Kenin due to a recurring right shoulder injury.

"Tough moment for me but after discussing with my coaches, team and doctors, it was the safest decision to make after the shoulder pain I felt during the match," Andreescu tweeted. "I will now rest and prepare for the upcoming grass court season."

Andreescu did not express concern about her shoulder after completing a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 first-round win over Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic on Tuesday in Paris. The No. 22 seed from Mississauga, Ont., did say she was "a little bit sore" but wasn't surprised given that she was off court for several weeks.

"All the nerves are kicking in again," Andreescu said after her victory. "But I got treatment and I'm feeling really [good], actually, considering. Shoulder, it's really good and I'm really pleased. Just got to keep getting treatment and I'll be good."

Andreescu, who won the Indian Wells title in March, missed two months with the same injury.

WATCH | Andreescu advances to second round of French Open:

Match Wrap: Andreescu advances to 2nd round of French Open

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Duration 1:26
In her return from a shoulder injury, Canada's Bianca Andreescu beats Marie Bouzkova 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Kenin, a 35th-ranked American, gets a walkover into the third round, where she'll face either Serena Williams or Japanese qualifier Karumi Nara.

Andreescu edged lucky loser Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a match completed Tuesday after being suspended because of darkness the previous day.

The Canadian was inconsistent in her French Open kickoff, making 58 winners while producing 60 unforced errors. Both numbers were far higher than the totals of her 118th-ranked opponent (24 winners, 32 unforced errors).

The 18-year-old Andreescu was playing for the first time since March 25 when she retired from a fourth-round match at the Miami Open with a shoulder injury. That injury came after her breakthrough win at the prestigious Indian Wells tournament.

Andreescu was the last remaining Canadian in singles play after Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to No. 27 seed Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine on Tuesday.

Muscle tear in rotator cuff heal

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., a No. 20 seed, lost his opening match to Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday. Canada's Milos Raonic (knee) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (hip abductor) pulled out of the tournament due to injury.

Andreescu resumed on-court activities in early May after taking time off to let a small subscapularis muscle tear in her rotator cuff heal. She trained in Spain over the last few weeks and had declared herself pain-free ahead of the second Grand Slam of the tennis season.

Andreescu did not play a warm-up tournament ahead of Roland Garros, instead opting for an extra week of training.

Gabriela Dabrowski is the only Canadian left in doubles play.

The Ottawa native is seeded fourth in the women's draw with China's Yifan Xu. They were scheduled to play Romania's Irina Bara and Slovakia's Dalila Jakupovic on Thursday.

Dabrowski and Croatia's Mate Pavic are seeded second in the mixed doubles draw. They were set to open against American Kaitlyn Christian and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.

With files from The Associated Press


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