Tennis-Andreescu suffered torn ankle ligaments at Miami Open

FILE PHOTO: Mar 27, 2023; Miami, Florida, US; Bianca Andreescu (CAN) reaches for a forehand against Ekaterina Alexandrova (not pictured) on day eight of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

(Reuters) - Canada's Bianca Andreescu suffered two torn ligaments in her left ankle at the Miami Open this week and is unsure when she will be fit to return to action, the former U.S. Open champion said on Wednesday.

World number 31 Andreescu retired from her fourth-round match against Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova in Miami on Monday and left the court in a wheelchair after screaming in pain having fallen while moving across the baseline.

The 22-year-old Canadian, who reached a career-high fourth in the rankings in 2019 but has suffered with a number of injuries, said the rehabilitation process has already begun.

"It's tough to say exactly how long it will take, but let's just say it could've been much worse !!" Andreescu wrote on Twitter.

"I'm going to take it day by day, and I am optimistic that with the right work, rehab, and preparation, I'll be back on court soon."

Andreescu, who retired with a shoulder injury during her semi-final match at the Thailand Open in February, is still looking for her first title since the 2019 U.S. Open.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)

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