Canada's Grand Slam champ Andreescu credits winning mindset to meditation

Carrie Guzman
September 12, 2019

Although she wasn't even born when Williams won her first US Open, Andreescu stayed composed as the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium slowly came back to life during the valiant comeback by the 23-time Grand Slam champion in the match's second set that inevitably came up short. I believe I could have done more.

Her defeating the six-time US Open champion in her own country was a pure display of passion and the want of winning more.

"Honestly, the fans started cheering so hard, it just made me play a little better and find a little bit more".

"I think there are some similarities", the Canadian said while comparing her playing style with Williams' game. "It wasn't easy at all, but I think that's what I've been doing really well throughout this whole year".

The Canadian girl is the first person from her country to win a singles Grand Slam title and the first teenager to win a major singles title since Maria Sharapova in 2006. And I've just got to just keep fighting through it. It was a great match. "I wish I could have played better, but if anyone could win this tournament - outside of Venus - I'm happy it's Bianca".

"I actually wrote myself a cheque for this tournament - back in 2015, it wasn't that much money [$3.85million in prize money] but, every year, I kept increasing it".

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The 37-year-old Williams was underperforming for the most of the match, finishing with 33 winners but also having 33 unforced errors to only 17 by Andreescu. I just tried to breathe as much as I could from the moment I woke up until the match. Impressed by her rival's sportsmanship after the match, Williams called Andreescu an "old soul".

Andreescu sank to the court in what looked to be a combination of relief, disbelief and exhaustion after completing her triumph and in her post-match media conference she broke down while reflecting on what the success meant to her. "I'm just trying to win Grand Slams", she said. "I believe I could have just been more Serena today", Williams said.

Andreescu, who 2018 ranked 178th in the world, started to gain attention in January when she beat former world number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams on her way to the Auckland final. "I don't know what to say, I guess I gotta keep going if I wanna be a professional tennis player".

"I was definitely in awe when I saw that".

"I definitely did better than I did against Halep". She holds an 8-0 record over top-10 players in her career. "She's an inspiration to many, many people", Andreescu said after beating the 23-time Grand Slam victor.

"I was just thinking, honestly at that point, 'Wow, this is bad". I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.

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