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Caution is key as Andreescu deals with latest shoulder injury

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PARIS – Bianca Andreescu started to feel a familiar pain in her right shoulder during her first- round win at the French Open.

"Pain that was similar to what she had in Indian Wells and Miami," said coach Sylvain Bruneau, "and then after she finished her match on Tuesday we felt that it was probably appropriate to get some testing done with doctors and get some images and it came back that, actually, it’s the same injury that she had, but it’s not at the same level, it’s not as bad."

A small tear of a muscle (subscapularis) in the rotator cuff forced Andreescu to retire from a fourth-round match at the Miami Open on March 25 and kept her off tour until the French Open.

The diagnosis for the latest injury, which led Andreescu to withdraw from Roland Garros before her second-round match against Sofia Kenin, is that the Mississauga, Ont. native can't hit a ball for 10 to 15 days.


Andreescu arrived in Paris riding a wave of confidence. She had won 10 straight completed matches dating back to her title at Indian Wells and clay is her favourite surface. Her excitement only grew after the draw when she learned Serena Williams was her potential third- round opponent, a matchup she had long dreamed of. Now, the opportunity is lost.

"It was difficult," Bruneau said. "It was extremely difficult, because she was super happy to be back........