I'm coming off a big win, but that's only going to give me momentum and confidence going into Beijing," Bianca Andreescu says smilingly. She has laid down a pretty large foundation of class act performances and mantra.
The Canadian teen has been learning how to pace herself from 'burn out' and to produce good things on court. The preparation for the China tournament will start with a strong training session at Tennis Canada's National Training Centre.
It's from there she'll head to China with another week of physical preparation. After winning the dramatic U.S. Open, her first slam title she intended to head into the Asian Swing, but there were a ton of guest appearances on Canadian TV media services she had to fill so a revisal of activities impinged on her playing schedule.
The Canadian teen learned her lesson when she expected to play the clay court and grass seasons after winning Indian Wells and Miami, when a shoulder injury sidelined her. It's easy to get caught up in the winning moment.
Bianca knows this well. "I felt I did play a lot of tennis at the beginning...and it accumulated...I shouldn't have played Miami, but when you're coming off a win, you want to keep going..." Andreescu says frankly.
She was physically penalized with the shoulder injury and was able to only play one match between Miami and the Rogers Cup before the U.S. Open. Andreescu's elevation into the WTA tour was done in 'baby steps' as first she dedicated her time to playing mostly challenger tournaments then a few WTA events.
She started the year at No. 118 and now is ranked No. 5 after capturing the U.S. Open title. The teen keeps one eye on what's happening now and the other on what is to come. The first major of the new season will be the Australian Open in January, another challenge for the sparkling teen with frank opinions and a spunky positive attitude.
At hand now is the Asian swing which she is excited to participate, adding her own brand of play to a group of WTA players who's been active for years as well as the rising stars as herself. One of the biggest goals is to qualify for the season-ending eight woman WTA Tour Finals in Shenzhen.
Bianca Andreescu is definitely the real deal. She intends to continue her consistent performances throughout the Asian Swing and to close out the season not only on a winning note, but confident that the new season will also bring good things her way.