Bianca Andreescu acknowledged when she won the Indian Wells title at the age of 18 that there would not be “butterflies and rainbows every day”.
A break from the sport in early 2022 included a retreat in Costa Rica, and 12 months on the now 22-year-old is able to say with a smile on her face that she “loves being back on tour, and loves the sport again”.
“I definitely don’t feel like I have the perfect recipe,” Andreescu says while preparing for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, which starts on Wednesday.
But I’m striving to be as close to perfect as I can be, and I feel like right now I have a pretty good recipe as I feel really good about myself.
It could take months, it could take days, it could take years.
“For me I feel it took a good two and a half years to get to this point right now and that’s continuous work.
Andreescu was one of the 72 players subjected to 14 days hard lockdown before the Australian Open of 2021 (her then coach Sylvain Bruneau had contracted Covid on the inbound flight), and was not able to play in Madrid or Rome as a result of her own positive test later in the year.