2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., left the court in a wheelchair on Monday due to a lower left leg injury in the second set of her fourth round match against 18th-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova at the Miami Open.
There was no immediate word on the nature of the 22-year-old’s injury or its severity.
Andreescu was trailing in the match when, moving across the baseline, she fell to the court, clutching her lower left leg and screaming. A short time later, she left the court in a wheelchair to a standing ovation.
Andreescu had dropped the first set 7-6 (7) and was mounting a comeback, winning the first two games of the second set when she was forced to retire, allowing Alexandrova to advance.
WATCH | Andreescu exits match with injury:
“I’m just really sorry that it happened to [Andreescu],” Alexandrova said after the match. “Seeing her on the court in so much pain, it’s just painful to watch.
“You cannot help, you just can do nothing, which is terrible. And I think she’s going to be fine soon, and I’m wishing for her speedy recovery.”
Woke up with a brace on my foot… anyone know what happened? 😂😩<br><br>On a serious note tho… that was the worst pain I’ve ever felt… praying for nothing serious. Still waiting on official results. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and kind words, doesn’t go unnoticed 🙏🏼
Andreescu’s agent, Charlotte Lawler, said via email Andreescu met with her doctor Tuesday afternoon. Lawler said a statement would be released once injury specifics were available.
Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated from the men’s tournament earlier in the day after being upset 6-2, 7-5 in a third-round match with Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.
Cerundolo, ranked 25th in Miami, scored a crucial break over fifth-seed Auger-Aliassime to go up 6-5 in the second set before serving out for the match.
Heartrending, devastating moments on the Grandstand as <a href=”https://twitter.com/Bandreescu_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Bandreescu_</a> injures her ankle and has to leave the court in a wheelchair. 😔 <a href=”https://t.co/pKVg5vxjVk”>pic.twitter.com/pKVg5vxjVk</a>
The Argentine made the most of his opportunities, breaking Auger-Aliassime four times on six chances. He faced only two break points, saving one.
Auger-Aliassime saw his streak of six straight quarterfinals at Masters 1000 events come to an end.
It was the third high-profile third-round meeting between the players, with Auger-Aliassime winning at Indian Wells and the Australian Open.
WATCH | Auger-Aliassime falls in straight sets:
In women’s doubles action, Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., and American partner Taylor Townsend advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over seventh seeds Giuliana Olmos of Mexico and Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.
Fernandez and Townsend combined to fire six aces and win 64 per cent of first serve points in a match that took one hour 33 minutes to complete.
Olmos and Haddad Maia scored three of their four breaks and defended 10 of 13 break-point chances in a back-and-forth second set that ended with Haddad Maia hitting long facing match point.
Fernandez and Townsend will face third seeds Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine on Tuesday.