“WTA Circuit Is More Diverse”: Bianca Andreescu Credits Serena Williams for Transforming the Women’s Game

Published 09/27/2021, 10:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts as she is interviewed by ESPN Reporter Tom Rinaldi during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the Women’s Singles final against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Over the past couple of decades, tennis star Serena Williams has cemented her legacy as a legend. Her contribution to the sport is immeasurable, as she has inspired an entire generation of tennis stars. Her sheer talent and charisma have carried tennis to a global stage.

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Recently, Serena Williams celebrated her 40th birthday. On the occasion, former Grand Slam winner Bianca Andreescu spoke about the American legend and laid emphasis on the greatness of Williams. She also credited her for shaping up and grooming the youngsters who have arrived on the Tour.

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Bianca Andreescu praises Serena Williams

Andreescu showered praises on Serena and credited her for the incredible diversity, on various fronts, visible on the WTA circuit.

The Canadian tennis star stated, “Serena Williams is resistance. It is thanks to her that today the WTA circuit is more diverse – in ethnicities, champions, highlights, and playing styles, than the male circuit. Serena is directly responsible for Ashleigh Barty and Emma Raducanu, Naomi Osaka, and Bianca Andreescu, to name a few…”

Andreescu and Williams have been dealing with injuries

As we speak about Bianca, she has been dealing with injuries from the previous season. They still continue to bother her and her results in the Grand Slams highlight that fact. She lost in the second round of the Australian Open. After that, she ended up losing in the opening round at Roland Garros and the Wimbledon Championships.

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Andreescu had an impressive run at the US Open, however, as she reached the Round of 16. Unfortunately, injuries troubled the Canadian star in the match and she was defeated by Maria Sakkari.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 06: Serena Williams of the United States leaves after the match against Elena Rybakina (not seen) of Kazakhstan in the 4th round of the singles on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France on June 06, 2021. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Serena had to retire from the Wimbledon Championships due to an injury and hasn’t appeared competitively on the tour since. Hopefully, the American legend will grace the courts again as soon as possible and inspire another generation of athletes.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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