It has already been a roller-coaster 12 months for Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu, however her Rogers Cup victory on Sunday demonstrated that she’s not able to get off the journey simply but.
Andreescu took the title after an emotional Serena Williams was compelled to bow out within the first set as a consequence of again spasms. Reasonably than instantly have fun her first WTA Tour victory on residence soil, the 19-year-old consoled the 37-year-old American legend.
It was a transfer that has earned her reward from throughout the tennis neighborhood. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, known as Andreescu an “old soul” for the way in which she dealt with herself.
“I knew what to say because I’ve been through that. I mean, we all go through things differently, but I have an idea of what it’s like to be injured and having to pull out of matches,” Andreescu informed The Nationwide’s Adrienne Arsenault in an interview on Monday.
“I told her that she’s a beast and that she’s going to bounce back really quick. She is a champion on and off the court and she’s an inspiration.”
‘I’m undoubtedly not happy’
With the victory on Sunday, Andreescu shot as much as No. 14 within the tour rankings. The Mississauga, Ont., native was 27th final week after ending the 2018 season ranked 178th. She has gone 38-5 this season, and Sunday’s win was her 17th straight in matches which were accomplished. She has withdrawn or retired twice throughout that span due to damage.
“I’m definitely not satisfied. This is an amazing win. This is very special to me. But I have very big dreams and I don’t settle for anything less than what I want,” Andreescu mentioned.
“I really hope that I can crack the top 10 now and play in the WTA Tour finals by the end of the year.”
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With huge aspirations in thoughts, Andreescu has labored arduous over this previous season, and her meteoric rise hasn’t come straightforward. Andreescu has been plagued with damage over the previous 12 months. After profitable Indian Wells in March, she rehabilitated a shoulder damage. She was off for 2 months previous to the Rogers Cup.
“This week has not been easy. I’ve been playing three sets basically every match. I’ve been on court for two and a half hours, three hours every day.” Andreescu informed Arsenault.
“I’m actually really pleased with how my body’s holding up, especially after being off for so long. I’ve been working a lot physically beforehand, but, I mean, training and competition is totally different. There’s more on the line during competition and there’s more emotion, but I’m just really proud with how my body held up.”
Getting ready for U.S. Open
She’s not taking any possibilities earlier than the U.S. Open, deciding to forgo this week’s Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. The U.S. Open, which is the ultimate Grand Slam of the season, begins Aug. 26 in New York.
Regardless of her current success and time within the highlight, Andreescu is not letting the strain get to her.
“I’d say there’s maybe a little more pressure,” Andreescu informed Arsenault. “But I’m still 19. I still have nothing to lose when I go out there. I’m a perfectionist and I always want to do well,”
“I always want to win. But at this stage in my career, after what I’ve been through with my shoulder and just injuries in the past, I try not to take anything for granted right now. And enjoy every second while I’m on the court healthy.”
Whereas she stays grounded in her work ethic and her capacity to come back again from damage, her victory on the Rogers Cup has given her a lift forward of the U.S. Open.
“Now with this win, especially after coming back from being two months off, I think it’s really giving me confidence to do really well in the U.S. Open. I really do believe that I can to do big things there.”