Canadian Bianca Andreescu has several goals in this 2023 season, but in the end, avoiding injuries and playing a full season is what she aims for.

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Andreescu has been plagued by physical glitches over the past few years and is currently ranked 46th in the world rankings.

“Another major [triumph] would be nice, as well as another 1000 [category tournament]. Basically, playing for the whole year, she told the WTA website during her preparation in Dubai while she took part in the World Tennis League earlier in December. Because I don’t think I had a complete run to play all the tournaments I would have liked.

“I think that’s the number one goal right now. And then break into the top 10 in the world, because I think I’m at that level.

Andreescu started her season well with a fine win over Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the first round of the tournament in Adelaide, Australia on Saturday night (Australia Sunday).

Led 6-0 and 5-2, the Canadian came back to win in three sets of 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 in 2h13 in the first round.

So if Andreescu has question marks about her body’s ability to withstand the harsh reality of the WTA Tour, she knows her head can.

“I hope that the start of the season can really allow me to know that I am at the level. But mentally, I know I am. I hope that the physical and tactical sides of my game can harmonize together.

Same fate for Bouchard and Pospisil

For her part, Quebecer Eugenie Bouchard, after winning her first round qualifying match for the Auckland tournament, withdrew for the second round of the qualifying phase.

The same result awaited Canadian Vasek Pospisil, in Adelaide, when he lost in three sets to Russian Roman Safiullin, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3.