Bianca Andreescu celebrated her long-awaited return to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden by unveiling her championship mural, a tradition for those who capture the BNP Paribas Open title.

“I’m in love!” captioned the 2019 champion on Instagram.

Andreescu began a breakthrough season in earnest when she won the WTA 1000 title in the California desert as a wildcard ranked outside the Top 100. The win over former No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the final foreshadowed her maiden major victory at the US Open later that summer, where she stunned 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in straight sets.


Scheduled to defend her title in 2020, the Canadian withdrew due to injury before the global pandemic caused the tournament’s cancelation. She made a triumphant return to action earlier this season when she finished runner-up at the Miami Open, but has since struggled with further injuries and a COVID-19 diagnosis that derailed her European swing.

Seeded No. 16 in the 2021 draw, Andreescu is making the most of her trip out west before she kicks off her title defense against either American Alison Riske or a qualifier.