Bianca Andreescu is rising as one of the tennis best players in the world. She continued her ascent on Saturday when she defeated the great Serena Williams to clinch the US Open title in New York. Andreescu has had a great 2019 and her latest victory over Serena proves that she is one of the best tennis players in the world when healthy.
Age and injuries
Andreescu’s rise has not been all smooth as she has had to cope with different injuries which have nagged her during her blossoming career. However, despite still being a teenager, the 19 years old has shown great mental strength to overcome injuries and become a Grand Slam champion.
Battling through Injury
In 2018, Andreescu did not get past the qualifying round of the US Open. She was dealing with an injury which kept her from performing at the peak of her potential. In 2019 Andreescu has been in the form of her life. In March 2019, Andreescu won the WTA Indian Wells Open. However, throughout the tournament, Andreescu suffered cramp issues, and in the finals against Angelique Kerber, she played with her right arm taped. Despite these issues, Andreescu beat Kerber in three sets showing off her incredible mental fortitude.
Unfortunately, later Bianca had to be sidelined for 4 months because of a shoulder injury. When she was back, Andreescu also won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in August 2019. In the quarter-finals, Andreescu played with a right leg injury but was still able to overcome Karolina Pliskova and reach the semifinals. In the final, she faced Serena Williams who retired due to back injury.
Perseverance is Key
With injuries being a common occurrence in sports, Andreescu is aware that one needs to prepare the mind to overcome the injuries and bounce back even stronger.
Her advice to young aspiring professional athletes is to be prepared for the setbacks but they should not give up or despair. “It’s definitely a process of life. You’re never going to have ups all the time. So I think in those moments, you just have to deal with it the best that you can, which is to just keep fighting for your dreams and just stay as persistent and persevere as much as you can.”
She adds that persevering is part of what makes one mentally stronger to handle challenges. “I know in those moments you feel like you can’t. But if you believe that there are good times ahead, then those tough moments are definitely worth it. I think it builds you as a character. I think everyone should go through it because it just makes you stronger.”
Her physical trainer Virginie Tremblay
Bianca also has a great team around her that is helping to cope with all sorts of adversities. Her physical trainer Virginie Tremblay is one of Bianca’s key for her success. The 28 years old was decisive in helping the young Canadian to obtain the best possible fitness. Virgine is extremely close to Bianca, and she was with her when the teenager had her breakthrough run in Auckland where she reached the final coming straight from the qualifications
More to come
Andreescu has proved that she is one of the tennis players in the world. Her mental toughness, as well as her undeniable talent, have many believing that she can be great in the sport.
We look forward to seeing Andreescu in action as she continues her already successful career.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.15, Bianca Vanessa played her last match on the 7th of September when she beat Serena Williams 6-3 7-5 in the final in U.S. Open to win her 3rd career title.
This year the Canadian has a 43-4 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. The Canadian was the finalist in Auckland.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu
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