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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bianca Andreescu is following the path that brought her back to the tennis tour after a mental health hiatus and put her back in the win column on Monday with a win over her rival at the Australian Open. what he calls an “Aha” moment on a beach in Costa Rica during a spiritual retreat about a year ago.

Here, then, is how the 22-year-old Canadian described that epiphany in an interview with the Associated Press in Melbourne Park.

Andreescu, who defeated Serena Williams in the 2019 US Open final as a teenager, went through a series of health problems, including contracting COVID-19, which derailed her career in 2020 and slowed her down in 2021 as well. He also parted ways with his longtime coach. In general, a lot happened. after defeating 25th seed Marie Buuzkova 6-2, 6-4 on Court 3 on Monday, Andreescu used the word “intense” to describe the round, and she has gone six months without. play between October 2021 and April 2022, including last year’s Australian Open.

“That’s when I started asking myself, is this worth it? Is this life worth living? Because I was very stressed about many things. as I looked at myself in the mirror,” Andreescu said. “Just holding a tennis racket, I didn’t feel happy anymore. Or content. Because usually going to the court is my escape, and it stopped feeling like that.”


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