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This time last year Andreescu picked up $392 for losing at an ITF event. Now the teenager has landed $1.35m and is the toast of tennis and Canada after her star-making Indian Wells win

Twelve months ago Bianca Andreescu was toiling in obscurity on the lowest rung of professional tennis, grinding for points to boost her world No 198 ranking at a $25,000 ITF tournament on a university campus in Toyota, Japan. An array of physical woes, including back injuries, shoulder ailments and stress fractures in her foot, were wearing on her teenage body. Her prize money after a straight-sets defeat in the second round was $392. As she recalled last week: “I wasn’t really in a good spot.”

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Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:13:14 GMT

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