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Andreescu speaks on U.S. Open glory after triumphant return to Canada, adds Drake has been in touch

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 12 Sep 2019
  • Andreescu returns to Canada for the first time since winning the US Open
  • The 19-year-old speaks on her impact and new-found fame
Bianca Andreescu during her Tennis Canada press conference (PA Images)

U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu was ‘humbled’ and ‘amazed’ after making a triumphant homecoming to Canada following her historic Grand Slam victory in New York.

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Andreescu became the first teenager in over a decade to win a Grand Slam when the 19-year-old defeated Serena Williams in straight sets in the U.S. Open final, but more significantly for Canada, she is the first player from the country to win a major singles title.



Returning home after completing a series of high-profile media appearances on American talk shows, Andreescu spoke about her influence in her home country in a press conference organised by Tennis Canada.

"One of my goals was to be an inspiration for many people," Andreescu said. "I think I’m starting to do that, which means a lot to me. If I step on the court and I show a good example, I think it can drive a lot of people to maybe even pick up a racquet.
"I’ve started getting messages from people saying that they’ve never watched tennis before, but now they will, which is pretty cool. I’ve gotten some where they actually started playing tennis because of me. That’s amazing, and I’m really humbled."

Andreescu started the season ranked outside the top 100, but her extraordinary year has propelled her to World No. 5 with a bullet - and if she maintains her current form into the end-of-season Asian swing, there’s a chance she could reach No. 1 by the time 2019 draws to a close.

Bianca Andreescu (PA Images)
The 19-year-old, who has also picked up the Indian Wells and Rogers Cup titles this season, hasn’t been beaten in a completed match since the Acapulco semi-finals on March 1.

With the #SheTheNorth hashtag trending worldwide, Andreescu has been catapulted into global fame almost overnight, but the teenager is taking it all in her stride and says the pressure she will no doubt be under is a privilege, borrowing a line from the iconic Billie Jean King.

"There’s always going to be external pressure; I’m sure Canada wants me to do very well, but most importantly, I want to do well,” she said.
“That pressure honestly helps me. I got a chance to speak to Billie Jean King, and we were talking about her quote, ‘Pressure is a privilege’ and I really think it is. It motivates me. I think I’m a perfectionist, so if I step on the court, and do my best, that’s all that matters to me."


Andreescu has also been receiving high praise from celebrities around the world and in Canada, including rap superstar Drake, who she jokingly called out for not having congratulated her on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Having obviously seen the interview, Andreescu revealed Drake had since reached out to her during her press conference in Canada.

"Drake messaged me by the way," she said as the press conference came to a close. "Let me read it. I’m actually having a conversation with him; this is unreal.
"He’s like, ‘Here I am :) Congrats and we’re all so proud of you. I’ve been liking every post with you in it lol I thought you’d see.’ I didn’t because I was barely on social media, just posting things. That’s cool, and I don’t even know what to reply to that. It’s going to take me a while.
"He has the seen message but don’t worry I’m going to answer. I’m not going to r-bomb him.”


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