Four years ago, Andreescu looked to be turning into one of the next big names in tennis after she won the 2019 US Open title at just 19 years old. Shortly after, she broke into the top 5 in the WTA singles ranking, peaking at world No. 4.
However, it has instead turned out to be a difficult road for the Canadian, as injuries interrupted her progress over the last few seasons. Now ranked at No. 44 in the world, Andreescu is still trying to retrieve her Grand Slam-winning form.
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Andreescu out of Canadian Open in first round
The 23-year-old experienced further disappointment this week, this time on home soil at the Canadian Open. Andreescu had entered the tournament as a wildcard, and faced qualifier Camila Giorgi in her opening round.
The Italian player, currently ranked World No. 51, dominated the match, only losing five games and winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Speaking in the press conference after the match, Andreescu revealed that she had been struggling with back pain since she competed at the DC Open last week, where she lost her opening match to Marta Kostyuk in three sets.
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Fans react on social media
Following this most recent defeat, tennis fans have taken to social media to voice their sadness at seeing Andreescu struggle.
"Still cannot believe this is how things have gone for Bibi the last 4 years. Even with the seemingly inevitable injuries, 0 titles or Slam QF will never compute, she was such a *force*," wrote one on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Meanwhile, another highlighted the contrast between Andreescu's form today and four years ago, writing:
"Seeing her at IW 2019, there seemed like such an air of inevitability to her dominance. I remember not even being surprised when she won USO."
Moreover, another compared her situation to that of fellow Canadian players Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.
"Felix and bibi joining Shapo on the challenger swing next year," they posted.