"I know I have a different game style than many players on tour right now and it's been working really, really well to my advantage. I just want to keep improving it," Bianca Andreescu had said after her title win over Serena Williams.
This was at the 2019 U.S. Open. It was exciting and unbelievable to Andreescu as well as her fans who had stood up and applauded over her victory against an icon.. There was an over the moon fan who'd tracked Andreescu down and even gave a marriage proposal.
It was the great win over a $10,000 bet she'd take the title, but his proposal was played down and fizzled. Last year was the most extravagant time that the Canadian 18-year-old would have experienced and admitted that "It's been a crazy ride, a true Cinderella story..."
The story and title began last year in March when she'd play Indian Wells and won the title from Angelique Kerber in three sets. It was mystifying how she'd win as her skill and talents came together with a shockingly great end.
"There were so many thoughts, so many emotions going through my body. I had a good icebath which...calmed me down a bit," Andreescu laughingly said at the Indian Wells press conference. She had felt her luck changing and commented that "I think this tournament will help givem me confidence for the rest of the season."
No truer words could have been said as she gained another title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Serena Williams had injury issues within the first 20 minutes of the match and retired, giving it to Andreescu in her home country.
It made her the first Canadian to win the Rogers even in 50 years. Andreescu mentioned about Serena's distress on retiring after 20 minutes and said that "Sometimes you've just got to listen to your body."
But the two fiery players had another meet up at the U.S. Open months later with the Canadian winning the title in straight sets. A teen talked a bit at press time on her own style and tactics saying "..The game plan right from the start was to make her work for every ball; to get as many returns in the court as possible.
I think she was intimidated a little bit by it." As of now, every player is in hiatus as to when the coronavirus outbreak will be finished and everyone can go back to playing out their passions on and off court.
Andreescu is still nuring an injured knee but hopeful that when the tour resumes, she will be in playing shape to do well. Bianca realizes her potential and the condition that she is in now to say "You're never gonna have ups all the time, you're gonna have to deal with it the best that you can which is to just keep fighting for your dreams; stay as persistent and persevere as much as you can..."
She admits that not only the physical aspect can despict a winner but the mental stamina. Bianca Andreescu knows she's not 100% now but soon and confesses that "I think the thing that separates the best from the rest is just the mindset."
It's been a while since the Canadian has played but she's hopeful that when the time comes, she'll have her game intact to create victories along with success.