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US Open champion Andreescu out of Australian Open with knee injury

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Bianca Andreescu
Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams to win the US Open in 2019
2020 Australian Open
Venue:Melbourne ParkDates:20 January to 2 February
Coverage:Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the Australian Open in Melbourne as she continues her recovery from a knee injury.

The Canadian, ranked sixth in the world, picked up the injury at theseason-ending WTA Finals in October.

Andreescubeat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadowsin September to win her maiden Grand Slam title.

“I have to respect the recuperation plan for my knee and body,” the 19-year-old wrote on Twitter.

“I feel better and stronger every day but the Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process.”

Andreescu reached the second round in Melbourne in 2019.

Another absentee from the Australian Open will be ArgentineJuan Martin Del Potro, 31.

The 2009 US Open winner has been battling problems with his right knee since June last year when he had surgery.

Del Potro, twice a Melbourne quarter-finalist, was ranked in the top 10 a year ago, but has fallen to 120 in the singles rankings after six months out of action.

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