US Open champion Bianca Andreescu seeks another big trophy in Beijing


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US Open champion Bianca Andreescu seeks another big trophy in Beijing

Bianca Andreescu has been on the seventh heaven in the past couple of weeks, gathering one award after another following that historic run at the US Open. The 19-year-old Canadian has made incredible progress so far in 2019, claiming three big titles and cracking the top-5, something she probably couldn't even think about at the beginning of the season.

After being sidelined for a couple of months due to a shoulder injury and back-to-back titles in Toronto and the US Open, Bianca decided to slow down a little bit and rush nothing in the rest of 2019, signing to play only on Beijing and Shenzhen if she qualifies for the WTA Finals.

Bianca had arrived in the Chinese capital and started to practice ahead of the last Premier Mandatory event of the season that gathers almost all the best players in the world. She will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round before the second-round clash against Petra Martic or Elise Mertens, hoping for another great run and chasing the title that would seal her spot at the WTA Finals.

Kicking off the season from outside the top-150, the Mississauga native reached the final in Auckland as a qualifier, advancing into the main draw at the Australian Open where she scored one win at only the second Grand Slam tournament in a career.

At Indian Wells, Andreescu toppled six rivals to win the title, becoming the youngest champion in the desert since Serena Williams and earning enough points to find herself in the top-25, showing the full potential and becoming one of the players to beat on the Tour despite her age and lack of experience.

The pace in the opening three months had proved to be too tough for Bianca to handle, though, suffering a shoulder injury in Miami and playing only one tournament before Toronto, getting back at her best and shining in front of the home fans to grab another big title.

Playing with no fear and determined to show her quality once again, Bianca notched three top-10 wins to lift the second big title of the season, heading to the US Open as one of the title favorites. The biggest tennis stage proved to be no obstacle for this outstanding competitor, losing only two sets in seven encounters and delivering her best tennis when it mattered the most to embrace Major glory after a 6-3, 7-5 win over Serena Williams in the title match.

Thus, Bianca became the first US Open champion who lifted the crown on debut, standing as the first teenager with the title at this level since Maria Sharapova in 2006 and the first since Monica Seles who claimed a Major tournament at only the fourth attempt.