“Don’t Want to Compare Myself”: Bianca Andreescu on Having Rivalries Like Federer-Nadal and Serena-Sharapova

Published 06/30/2021, 6:46 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Eastbourne International – Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, Eastbourne, Britain – June 23, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Vanessa Andreescu in action during her quarter-final match against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


21-year-old, Canadian International, Bianca Andreescu, is positive of a bright future for women’s tennis. The youngster believes that her fellow tennis peers and herself have what it takes to be the difference makers. In an attempt to “Change the world,” Bianca, currently World No. 7, aspires to have rivalries like those of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

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With the bold faces of women’s tennis now turned vintage, a new generation has begun to take charge. Young, fresh, and absolutely brilliant at their game, these newbies have already made their mark. “It’s a really exciting time for the women’s game. There are so many strong young players: Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek, Ash Barty, Aryna Sabalenka… the list goes on and on”, said Bianca.

Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021 Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in action during her round of 16 match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

Even though they share a collective motive, the Canadian looks to draw first blood, in the hopes of developing an iconic rivalry with her counterparts.

Expressing her thoughts, she said, “I think the rivalries we’ll develop will be super important. I think we can change the game. We can change the world. We all come as a collective. Especially since we’re super, super young and are doing very well. It will be really cool to have that rivalry” 

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Having skyrocketed in her rankings from 152 to her highest rank as World No. 4, it is fair to say she is brimming with confidence. In an exuberant display of style, the Canadian beat former World No. 1, Serena Williams. It was this victory that burst her out onto the scene.

I can say like it’s like the new: Nadal-Federer or Serena-Maria, you know? I don’t want to compare myself to them but it’ll be cool to see if that can be a thing. I think it will be”, she said.

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Bianca Andreescu is ready for Wimbledon

Coming on the back of a shocking defeat in the first round of the French Open, the Canadian youngster will be looking to regain her form at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. As she trains harder for her return, she will most certainly look to add to her title tally. However, a match against her counterparts will be nothing less than exciting, as she mentioned.

Tennis – WTA 500 – bett1 Open – Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, Germany – June 16, 2021 France’s Alize Cornet shakes hands with Canada’s Bianca Andreescu after the match REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

The 21-year-old begins her campaign facing French national, Alize Cornet. With a decade’s age gap between the two, a thrilling battle is on the cards. It would be interesting to see who will make the cut – the experienced or the experimenting?

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