Bianca Andreescu: under the radar but not for long!

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru



Jul 23, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
by: Emna Achour


To say that Bianca Andreescu’s win on Saturday in the first round of the qualifying event of Rogers Cup went unnoticed would be an understatement.

Not a single journalist asked to interview the Canadian and only a handful of fans were in the stands on National Bank Court to see her play.

But the victory is no small feat. The 16-year-old, who entered the qualifiers with a wildcard from Rogers Cup organizers, defeated Samantha Crawford of the US, 16th seed and world no. 101 (542 rankings ahead of Andreescu), in two sets of 7-6 (3) and 7-5.

Born in Mississauga, Bianca Andreescu started playing tennis in Romania—her parents’ home country—before returning to Canada to join Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Toronto. Today, she is ranked world no. 8 on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Circuit. She rose as high as no.3 on February 1.

But the fact that her successes have not garnered as much attention as those by Eugenie Bouchard, Françoise Abanda or Charlotte Robillard-Millette doesn’t seem to bother her. She reasons that the depth of the emerging talent in Canadian women’s tennis explains why, and that’s just fine with her.

“When I walk onto the court, I only think about playing and nothing else,” she affirmed. “I try to have fun and do my best and it works. I win matches and gain more and more confidence thanks to all the support I get from Tennis Canada.”

In fact, Tennis Canada named Andreescu 2015 Junior Player of the Year after she ended the season by taking the crown at the Orange Bowl in Florida—a season she had started as world no.332 on the Junior Circuit.

Sylvain Bruneau, Tennis Canada coach and Fed Cup captain, cited Andreescu’s performance at the 2015 Gatineau National Bank Challenger last August—her very first professional tournament—to illustrate her impressive rise in a short amount of time.

“She is solid, even when it gets tough,” he said in an interview in January from Melbourne. “I saw her last summer at her first Challenger in Gatineau. She made it to the final by beating players who were ranked much higher and who had much more experience. I see the respect she has for others and she has even more respect for herself. And that’s perfect!”

Meeting her idol

On Thursday, at the event to launch Mini Rogers Cup on the Esplanade du Parc olympique, Andreescu got to meet her idol: world no.5 Simona Halep of Romania. They had both been invited to hit with the young participants.

“It was incredible! I’m so happy to have had the chance to meet her,” said Andreescu. “Simona is so nice. I hope I get to hit with her again this week!”

The Canadian took her hero by surprise when she started speaking to her in Romanian. “She was happy to know that my career was going well since I’m also from Romania. […] I asked her a few questions and she gave me good advice. I asked how the junior and professional tours are different. She was very generous and humble,” she added.

If all goes according to plan, in a few years, Andreescu could be the one giving advice to the next rising stars.
 
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gogo

Hall of Fame
Thanks for posting that Marius. Bianca was off for much of the first half of this year. It's great to see her getting back into the swing after gaining so much momentum last year.
 

vernonbc

Legend
What happened? I just remembered it was on and switched over at the end of the first set to see somebody being wheeled off in a wheelchair.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
2019 AO Main Draw
to play in R1 Whitney OSUIGWE, (USA), 16, WC,
the former #1 junior
who recently beat Bencic to win
the 2018 $80,000 ITF Tyler, TX (H).

Bianca is 18 and was once #3 in juniors.
 

Sparlingo

Professional
2019 AO Main Draw
to play in R1 Whitney OSUIGWE, (USA), 16, WC,
the former #1 junior
who recently beat Bencic to win
the 2018 $80,000 ITF Tyler, TX (H).

Bianca is 18 and was once #3 in juniors.
I tried to post almost exactly the same information but when I came back to post it was "posted a moment ago". Moral of the story is that you have to get up pretty darn early to get ahead of Marius Hancu.

Anyway, winner of Andreescu / Osuigwe faces winner of Sevastova / Barthel. R2 would be tough for whoever gets there.
 

Ironwood

Professional
Looks like she's facing Whitney Osuigwe #199 in the first round. Did you know she made the main draw at Wimbledon two years ago?
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
streaming links for Bouchard and Andreescu?
joker is unreachable here
while fromsport doesn't have links for them yet
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
Done
B. Andreescu (Q)
defeated
W. Osuigwe (WC)

to enter top 100 at #87.

Next A. Sevastova (13) .
Very tough, Sevastova, but so was Osuigwe :cool:





 
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vernonbc

Legend
The girl could be a heck of a tennis player if she gets fit and finds someone who can work a miracle on her back. She can really play!
 

Sparlingo

Professional
That was a classic match that had everything. Great tennis. Constant changes in momentum. Andreescu showed great grit, and congratulations to her for a big win.
 

Sparlingo

Professional
Andreescu staved off 19 of 25 break points and 2 match points. She served for the match in the third set but was broke at love but won the tie break 7-3. Clutch. Her total points were 128 versus 124.
 
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Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
13:00 EST Final Pegula - Andreescu (WTA 125 Series Newport Beach)
Surely, streamed (joker et al)


Hopefully they get a proper court for the final
Court 2 yesterday for SF was awful, in a park
Huge wall on a side
50 spectators, all standing behind a rope, coming and going from the park
And this is a $125K challenger


Andreescu should be favored, she's won 5 $25K tournaments (but no better), while her opponent, who's 24, hasn't won any. But let's see.
 
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