MELBOURNE (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu will miss the Australian Open later this month as she continues to recover from a knee injury, the Canadian teenager said on Saturday.

Andreescu, who suffered the injury at the WTA Finals in Shenzen, is undergoing a rehabilitation programme, she said on her Twitter page.

“…the Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process and I sadly will not be able to play in it this year,” the 19-year-old wrote.

“It was a very tough decision to make as I love to play in Melbourne but I have to respect the recuperation plan for my knee and body. I can’t wait to come back to Aus soon.”

The Canadian teenager last month opted out of the Auckland Classic, a traditional warmup event for players finetuning their game ahead of the Australian Open.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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