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Bianca Andreescu not on Canada’s singles roster for Fed Cup

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is not scheduled to play singles versus Switzerland at a Fed Cup qualifier as she continues to recover from a left knee injury.

The reigning U.S. Open champion was not on Canada’s roster for singles at the draw ceremony on Thursday.

Andreescu is set to play doubles with Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski if the best-of-five tie goes the distance, though teams can substitute players up to an hour before the match.

Without Andreescu in singles, Canada becomes a heavy underdog.

Canada will go with No. 185 Leylah Annie Fernandez of Laval, Que., No. 267 Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., in singles. Fernandez faces No. 68 Jil Teichmann in the opening singles match on Friday before Bouchard meets No. 5 Belinda Bencic.

Reverse singles go Saturday, followed by the doubles contest.

The Canada-Switzerland winner advances to the inaugural Fed Cup Finals in Budapest in April.

The 19-year-old Canadian was one of the players of the previous season, gaining almost 150 places in the rankings and claiming big titles at Indian Wells, Toronto and the US Open, becoming the first teenager with a Major title since 2006.

Bianca achieved all this despite skipping almost all the action between April and August, sidelined with a shoulder injury from Miami and returning at her best only for the North American swing.

Impatient to avoid more injuries, the youngster embraced light schedule after New York but that wasn’t enough to keep her safe, experiencing that nasty knee injury versus Karolina Pliskova at the WTA Finals that forced her to skip both the ASB Classic in Auckland and the Australian Open where she would have been one of the favorites.

“I have been missing to play and compete! It’s not easy because I’m injured again, trying my best to prevent as much as possible.”

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