After putting her nation on the map by pulling off her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, Bianca Andreescu broke down in the post-match press conference. She dreamt of winning the US Open 2019 title since the time she won the Orange Bowl tournament in 2015.
“This wasn’t the only time I visualized playing in the finals actually against Serena Williams. It’s so crazy, man,” Bianca Andreescu said with the joy of tears. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time. Like I said after I won the Orange Bowl (at age 15), a couple of months after, I really believed that I could be at this stage. Since then, honestly, I’ve been visualizing it almost every single day.”
The moment Andreescu broke down in tears. pic.twitter.com/86Y5bQdQdx
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Last year, Bianca Andreescu was eliminated from the first round of US Open qualifiers and then concluded the year with a World Number 178 ranking. This year, she made her main draw debut at the US Open, broke into the top ten rankings of WTA and raised the champions trophy on Arthur Ashe.
In the second set of the championship match, Serena Williams battled back after saving championship points with a 5-1 trail and leveled the score at 5-5. Later Bianca Andreescu moved closer towards the victory by breaking Serena’s serve for her maiden Slam title.
“For it to become a reality is just so crazy. I guess these visualizations really, really work. 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,” added Andreescu. “She started playing much better. I think the crowd really helped her, as well.”
There were about 25,000 spectators in the house and their ‘Come on Serena!’ cheers resonated the arena. It was a Canadian teenager, who defeated the tennis marvel, Serena Williams as well as the flock of Americans rooting for Serena in the biggest tennis stadium of their nation. “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,” Bianca Andreescu said.
On Monday, Canada’s superstar will be climbing ten spots on the WTA ladder and will reach her career-high ranking of World Number five. Presently amongst the top ten WTA women, there are six Grand Slam champions on the first-ten roster.
“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,” Andreescu said.