FILE PHOTO: Sept 7, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits to Serena Williams of the USA within the girls?s remaining match on day 13 of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis match at USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart. Obligatory Credit score: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports activities
August 28, 2021
By Steve Keating
(Reuters) – Bianca Andreescu scripted a U.S. Open fairytale in 2019 when she gained the Grand Slam occasion as a youngster enjoying in the principle draw for the primary time.
If the Canadian, now 21, had been to repeat that script this yr, it might be a good larger shock. Accidents and a pandemic have mixed to place the brakes on what some had predicted can be a meteoric rise to tennis tremendous stardom.
Between her victory over Serena Williams within the 2019 remaining and a return to Flushing Meadows this week, Andreescu has managed only one win at Grand Slam match – a first-round victory over Mihaela Buzarnescu at this yr’s Australian Open.
That was adopted by first-round exits at each the French Open and Wimbledon.
As dire as these outcomes might sound, they had been extra upbeat than Andreescu’s 2020 Grand Slam marketing campaign that was written off by damage and illness that included every little thing from tearing the meniscus in her left knee to testing constructive for COVID-19.
The run-up to the U.S. Open – a second-round loss in Montreal and first-round exit in Cincinnati – supplied few hints of an extended keep in Flushing Meadows however Andreescu assures that progress is being made as she focuses on the long run.
“I obtained goosebumps once I walked onto Armstrong the primary day,” Andreescu informed reporters in New York, referring to the court docket at Louis Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows. “It simply introduced me again to 2019.”
Andreescu added, “However I’m not the identical individual again then than what I’m now. Taking a lot time without work, I really feel prefer it helped me in some ways. However then stepping into that aggressive mindset, it sort of introduced me again just a little bit. I really feel like that’s additionally a motive why I haven’t had the outcomes I needed.”
Andreescu returns to the U.S. Open with a brand new perspective and a brand new coach in Sven Groeneveld, a former skilled participant, who has labored with previous Grand Slam champions Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova.
The pair began formally working collectively this month. Andreescu stated she is already seeing a distinction on the court docket.
“Proper now I’m principally making use of what he’s been telling me,” Andreescu stated. “I see an enormous distinction in apply. That entire confidence factor, I’m simply going to must play matches. That’s all I can actually say, play matches, proceed to coach arduous, put together effectively, put together mentally.”
Andreescu added, “I do know I’m going to get again to or get to the place I wish to be.”
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Enhancing by Will Dunham)