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“My goals have been to just win as many Grand Slams as possible, become No. 1', US Open champion, Andreescu sets her sights on more success

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 9 Sep 2019
  • Bianca Andreescu is targeting more Grand Slam glory and the No. 1 ranking
  • Andreescu claimed her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Serena Williams at the US Open
Bianca Andreescu (PA Sport)

Canadian sensation, Bianca Andreescu has set her sights on winning more Grand Slam titles, and becoming the No. 1 player in the world, following her sensational triumph at the 2019 S Open.

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Andreescu capped a superb US Open campaign with a 6-3 7-5 victory over 23-time major winner, Serena Williams in Saturday’s final, becoming the first player to win the US Open in her main draw debut.

Andreescu had never been past the second round in any of her three previous Grand Slam main draws, and had fallen in the first qualifying round at the US Open in each of the previous two seasons, but the 19-year-old produced a magnificent fortnight at Flushing Meadows, culminating in Saturday’s brilliant victory over Williams.

Andreescu’s US Open title run did not exactly come out of the blue- it was another step in a breakthrough 2019 during which she has risen meteorically through the WTA ranks. She began the season outside the world’s top-150, and with just a handful of tour-level main draw wins, but she had rocketed to No. 15 by the start of the US Open on the back of title runs at Indian Wells and Toronto. She has now added a Grand Slam to her collection, and she does not intend to stop here.

“My goals have been to just win as many Grand Slams as possible, become No. 1 in the world”, said Andreescu, who will rise to No. 5 in the world after her US Open title run.

There has been an assuredness about how Andreescu has gone her business this season-  showing maturity and temperament that belie her age. She has handled the big stage like a seasoned pro, rather than a WTA rookie, as reflected in her extraordinary 8-0 record against top-ten players. The Canadian credits her visualization habits for her mental toughness and ability to deal with challenging situations on the court.

“I put myself in situations where I think can happen in a match basically. I just find ways to deal with that so I'm prepared for anything that comes my way", she said. 
"I think your biggest weapon is to be as prepared as you can. I really think that just working your mind -- because at this level everyone knows how to play tennis, I think. The thing that separates the best from the rest is just the mindset”.

She certainly needed that strong mindset to deal periods of adversity during Saturday’s US Open final. Andreescu looked to be cruising to the title when she opened up a 6-3 5-1 lead, but Serena launched a fiery fightback, as is her wont, getting the second set back to 5-5. With the American on the charge and seeming to have all the momentum on her side, a weaker player would have crumbled under the pressure of the situation and a raucous crowd on Arthur Ashe, but Andreescu regrouped splendidly to win the next two points, and finish off the American.

“…it definitely wasn't easy, especially when she started coming back in the second set”, the 19-year-old recalled. “I mean, it was expected. She's a champion. That's what champions do. She's done that many, many times throughout her career”.
“But I just tried to stay as composed as I could. It's hard to just block everything out, but I think I did a pretty good job at that”

Andreescu’s 2019 rise has been even more remarkable considering the injury problems she has been through in her career, especially through the course of a season when she has jumped almost 150 ranking spots. Following her stunning Indian Wells success, she quit Miami in the fourth round, and missed virtually the entirety of the clay and grass court seasons afterwards. The only tournament she played between Miami in March and her Rogers Cup title run in August was Roland Garros, where her attempted comeback lasted only one match before she withdrew from the rest of the tournament. 

She has somehow risen above all of that to become a Grand Slam champion, and the No. 5 player in the world.

“It's definitely a process of life. You're never going to have ups all the time”, Andreescu said, referring to her injuries. “So I think in those moments, you just have to deal with it the best that you can, which is to just keep fighting for your dreams and just stay as persistent and persevere as much as you can.
“I know in those moments you feel like you can't. But if you believe that there are good times ahead, then those tough moments are definitely worth it. I think it builds you as a character. I think everyone should go through it because it just makes you stronger”.

Andreescu’s success further cemented her heroism status in Canada, as she became the first player from her country to win a Grand Slam singles title. The teenager wants to be a role model for her compatriots, hoping that they can draw inspiration from her achievements and go on the do similar conquests in their respective disciplines.

“I've said this many, many times before. I'm going to say it again. It's been a goal of mine to inspire many people, especially Canadian athletes. I think that this win will hopefully do that, not only this win but just what I've accomplished this past year because so many Canadian athletes have paved the way for me when I was young". 
"Hopefully I can be that person to them”.

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