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Injured Andreescu eliminated at WTA Finals after retiring against Pliskova

Last Updated Oct 30, 2019 at 11:04 am EDT

Bianca Andreescu of Canada retires due to an injury from her match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic at the WTA Finales 2019 tournament in Shenzhen, China, 30 October 2019. EPA/ALEX PLAVEVSKI

SHENZHEN, China – Canada’s Bianca Andreescu was eliminated from the WTA Finals on Wednesday after retiring from her match against Karolina Pliskova with a left knee injury.

Andreescu was leading 2-0 in the first set, with Pliskova serving at 30-15 in the third game, when she came up limping after returning a serve and took a medical timeout.

She had her knee taped and she played through the first set, even challenging Pliskova’s serve with three break-point opportunities in the fifth game, but clearly struggled with her movement and retired after losing the set 6-3. Pliskova won on an ace that Andreescu didn’t move to return.

Andreescu called for coach Sylvain Bruneau after going down 3-2 and told him she was having trouble bending her knee. He told her not to push it. A visibly upset Andreescu said: “I don’t want to stop.”

The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., is now 0-2 at the season-ending, US$14-million event and can’t advance to the semifinals.

Pliskova will advance and play Simona Halep for a semifinal spot. Halep defeated Andreescu in their opening match on Monday.