As the 2019 season winds down, many storylines have emerged in tennis. Stars who were virtually unknown a year ago have made names for themselves. Some of the year’s breaks out performers of the year are Coco Gauff and Bianca Andreescu. The two players have made their names for themselves in 2019.
Gauff won her first WTA title this month at the Linz Open. The 15-year-old became among the youngest champions ever on the WTA tour. However, this year has mostly belonged to Andreescu. The 19-year-old has dominated the headlines for the better part of the year. She won her first title of the year at the Indian Wells Open. She missed some time after injuring her shoulder at the Miami Open. The Canadian returned in August and continued where she had left off. She won the Rogers Cup in Toronto and went on to clinch her first major title last month at the US Open, defeating Serena Williams in the final.
Andreescu comfortable with being famous
The 19-year-old has credited her confidence for her sustained success this year. Andreescu was more comfortable with the spotlight as fans became aware of her. “You get on the big stage, and you either love it or you don’t, and when people were starting to know my name I felt comfortable.” Andreescu’s rise is similar to that of the 2018 US Open winner Naomi Osaka. Osaka defeated Serena in the US Open last year to win her first Grand Slam title. She followed up her success by winning the Australian Open in January. The win took her to the number one ranking.
Osaka struggling to be the world No.1
However, the Japanese star struggled with the fame and attention of being the best player in tennis. She had some disappointing results at the French Open and Wimbledon as well as the US Open. The 21-year-old has said that she felt the weight of being the world number one at those tournaments. She has also said that she struggled to cope with the negativity and abuse on social media that came with fame and success.
Serena Williams already an icon and inspiring a generation
Despite losing to Andreescu and Osaka, Serena is still one of the most celebrated players in the game. Many consider the 37-year-old an icon of the game after her many achievements in the game. After taking some time off to be a mother in 2017, she returned last year and continued to dominate the game. Her mental fortitude is one of the biggest strengths of her game.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.5 (career-high), Andreescu played her last match on the 4th of October when she lost to Naomi Osaka 5-7 6-3 6-4 in the quarter in Beijing.
This year Andreescu has a 46-5 win-loss record. The Canadian has won 4 titles in 2019 in the Newport Beach, in Indian Wells, in Toronto and at the U.S. Open. Andreescu was the finalist in Auckland.
Serena Williams’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.9, Serena Williams played her last match on the 7th of September when she lost to Bianca Vanessa Andreescu 6-3 7-5 in the final in U.S. Open.
Serena Williams’s best performance of the year was reaching the final in at the U.S. Open, Toronto and in Wimbledon.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu and Serena Williams played each other 2 times. The head to head is 2-0 for Andreescu.
The last time that they locked horns, Bianca Vanessa Andreescu won 6-3 7-5 in the final in U.S. Open in 07th September 2019.
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Bianca Vanessa Andreescu and Serena Williams
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