Bianca Andreescu displayed the same brand of big-serving, big-hitting, in-your-face tennis that Serena Williams usually does.
Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada at the US Open on September 7, 2019. (AFP)
Embracing the spotlight
Meghan Markle, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, attends the Women’s Singles final match between Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu at the 2019 US Open. (AFP)
“Last year wasn’t an easy period in my life, I was going through a lot with injuries,” said Andreescu.
“I just kept believing in myself I kept working hard and I just kept that momentum and confidence.”
Dropping only two sets in the entire tournament, the tenacious, power-hitting Andreescu barrelled through the competition at Flushing Meadows, showing no sign of a slowdown from a blockbuster summer that included wins at Toronto and Indian Wells.
Ending 2018 with a year-end ranking of 178, she had rocketed to 15th when she arrived at the year’s final major, a meteoric rise that stunned even her coach.
Her surge into the game’s elite culminated on Saturday with a victory over 23-times Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams.
And the young upstart said she is not planning on slowing down any time soon.
“I love this feeling way too much,” Andreescu said in a televised interview after the match, as her loyal Canadian fanbase cheered behind her on the plaza outside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I’m really looking forward to what I can do in many years to come.”