Andreescu: 'I tried to breathe as much as I could before facing Serena'

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Andreescu: 'I tried to breathe as much as I could before facing Serena'

Bianca Andreescu spoke about what her mentality was heading into the US Open final against Serena Williams. The Canadian player said: "I just tried to breathe as much as I could from the moment I woke up until the match.

I tried to just do that throughout the whole match, to just keep my nerves in place. It wasn't easy at all. But I think that's what I've been doing really well throughout this whole year." What was she feeling when Williams levelled the score at 5-all from 5-1? "I had some doubts because I've witnessed her come back from being 5-0 down, 5-1 down, 5-2 down.

I just told myself to stick with my tactics. She started playing much better. I think the crowd really helped her, as well. I was blocking out the noise, or trying to. I could barely hear myself think really. It was really, really loud.

But I guess that's what makes this tournament so special. I'm sure it's really nice for the Americans to come on that court. I've heard a lot of cheering from other people for me, so I'm really happy with that.

But it definitely wasn't easy, especially when she started coming back in the second set. 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."