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'I'm going to try to bring my A game'- Andreescu ready for Serena challenge in US Open final

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 7 Sep 2019
  • Bianca Andreescu vs Serena Williams is live from New York on Saturday, 7 September from 4:00pm local time/ 9:00pm BST
  • Andreescu is looking to cap a sensational run with a maiden Grand Slam title in New York
Bianca Andreescu (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Bianca Andreescu says she will try to bring her “A game” into Saturday’s US Open final against Serena Williams, as the Canadian teenager attempts to finish off a stunning run with a maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

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Not that we should expect anything less from the Canadian. Andreescu has produced her best form on the biggest stages this season, against the best players, boasting an incredible 7-0 record against top-ten players. The 19-year-old faces another top-ten player on Saturday, arguably the greatest of them all, on the biggest stage she has ever been. Many young players would be overwhelmed by the moment, but on the evidence of what we have seen so far, Andreescu is not of that breed. It’s like she was born for the big stage, and she will again look to rise to the occasion and deliver a performance when she confronts the great Williams on Saturday.

“I think she's fighting for her 24th [Grand Slam title] on Saturday”, Andreescu said about Williams. “I'm sure she's going to bring her A game… I'm going to try to bring my A game, too. Hopefully I guess may the best player win”.

It has been a meteoric rise for Andreescu in 2019- she was a virtual unknown, ranked outside the top 150 at the start of the year, but the teenager has launched a remarkable assault on the tour, winning Indian Wells and Toronto, and now standing on the verge of claiming her first Grand Slam title. It all began in Auckland in the first week in January, where she reached her maiden WTA final, beating Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams along the way, and she has continued to rise through the season, winning those titles at Indian Wells and Toronto. What has been most amazing is that she missed a significant chunk of the season post Indian Wells, but once fit, she simply picked up from where she left off and continued her relentless ascent.

Following her Indian Wells success, Andreescu retired from a fourth round meeting with Anett Kontaveit in Miami with a shoulder injury, and didn’t play again until Roland Garros. She played just one match in Paris before going away again, only to make a title-winning comeback over two months later in Toronto.

“Auckland was the first time I've ever beaten a top-10 player [Caroline Wozniacki]”, Andreescu said about her rise. “The next match I ended up beating Venus Williams, a true champion of this sport. So the feelings were a little bit different than in Indian Wells because that was, like, the first actual victory I'd ever gotten, like my best win ever”.
“Then I just kept believing in myself. I think the confidence really skyrocketed after that tournament”.

The Canadian is currently ranked 15th in the world, but she will definitely break into the top-ten next Monday regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s final.

Andreescu is competing in just her fourth Grand Slam main draw, and her first at the US Open. She had never been past the second round of the Slam prior to this Flushing Meadows campaign, but she has smashed that previous best, surging through the New York draw to reach the final.

The Canadian’s fighting spirit and refusal to lose have been a feature of her superb season, and she again dug into that well in her semi-final against Belinda Bencic, fighting back from a double break down in the second set to take out the Swiss. She was under the pump for most of that match, but she battled through to a 7-6 7-5 victory to take her place in the US Open final.

“I think when I'm down, I play my best tennis”, she said. “Whenever my back is against the wall, I think I'm just extra focused in those moments. I remember I told myself at 5-2 that I didn't want to go in three sets. So I think just that switched my mindset. I was just really, really focused”.

Andreescu has already had one shot at Serena, but their Toronto final was unfortunately short-lived, the combative Canadian will relish the chance to have another crack at the American on Saturday. 

Neither player will be backing down in what should be a fascinating contest.

“I remember always telling my team I would have always wanted to play her right before she retires”, Andreescu said about Serena. “I'm really looking forward to it. She's an amazing champion on and off the court. It's going to be fun”.

Serena Williams vs Bianca Andreescu is live from New York on Saturday, 7 September from 4:00pm local time/ 9:00pm BST. Read the full preview here.

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