Bianca Andreescu retires from Miami Open final with ankle injury


Bianca Andreescu was forced to end her Miami Open final against Ash Barty due to an ankle injury. After some medical attention, the Canadian attempted to play on but the injury became too much and she retired from the match.

Bianca Andreescu of Canada, seen in this April 1 file photo, was forced to retire from her Miami Open final match against Ash Barty.(Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Bianca Andreescu retired with a right ankle injury after falling behind 6-3, 4-0 against top-ranked Ash Barty of Australia in the final of the Miami Open on Saturday.

The eighth-seeded Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., tumbled to the court in the third game of the second set and struggled with her movement after the fall. She was wearing tape on the right ankle for the entire final of the WTA 1000 event — one level below a Grand Slam.

Andreescu called a medical timeout to receive treatment from the trainer after Barty finished the game with a break to go up 3-0.

She returned for one more game, but wasn't moving well. Afterward, she put her hand to her face as she tried to hold back tears before going to the net to greet Barty and end the match.

The injury ended her best tournament since capturing the U.S. Open title in September 2019.

The 20-year-old Andreescu returned from a 16-month layoff in February at the Australian Open, losing in the second round of the Grand Slam. She suffered a knee injury late in 2019 and opted not to try to make a comeback earlier in the pandemic in 2020.

With files from CBC Sports

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