The Mississauga tennis star skyrocketed up the Women's Tennis Association rankings after winning a number of prestigious tournaments, including the U.S. Open in September - and was named the Lou Marsh Trophy victor as the top Canadian athlete of 2019.
Williams also confirmed she will be teaming up with former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki in the doubles at the tournament.
Bianca Andreescu started the season as a future teenager and eager to make her mark on the WTA Tour.
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Andreescu has entered the Australian Open beginning January 20 in Melbourne.
In a generational Canadian sports moment on par with Mike Weir's Masters victory and Sidney Crosby's golden goal, Andreescu beat Serena Williams to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Andreescu, the world number five, released a video on social media expressing her sorrow at having to withdraw from an event she was runner-up in at the start of this year.
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The Auckland tournament had assembled arguably its strongest ever field with Andreescu, Williams, former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko all confirmed.
In other news, multiple Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters is set to return to tennis after a seven-year absence. The same injury forced her out of the second round of the French Open and the entire Grass Court season. Williams was Wozniacki's bridesmaid at her wedding earlier this year and will play an exhibition in Copenhagen in May, Wozniacki's final match before retirement.
Clijsters has taken a break from tennis before in 2007 and successfully returned to tennis two years later which makes the odds of her returning to tennis in full swing very strong.
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