TORONTO – There’s no way to know how Bianca Andreescu will play, when she meets compatriot Genie Bouchard Tuesday at the Rogers Cup.
The 19-year-old has played just one match in 4 1/2 months – a first-round win at the French Open.
It extended over two days. And before the Canadian was to play her second round, she withdrew from the tournament.
As it was, she had no tournament preparation going into Paris. And she said Saturday that while she was pain-free leading up to the Grand Slam tournament, she started feeling the shoulder again a few days before.
So both she and Bouchard are unknown quantities going into a match that will get a lot of attention in Canada.
It is the first Rogers Cup in Toronto for Andreescu, who missed the last two editions of her home-country tournament because of … you guessed it … injury.
She said even this participation was “borderline.”
Here’s what she had to say Saturday during a pre-tournament press conference.