Bianca Andreescu: under the radar but not for long!


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The event is the penultimate stop in this year's Oracle Challenger Series, which also consisted of WTA 125K Series events in Chicago and Houston last year, and a final event in Indian Wells beginning on Feb. 25.


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She's not on IW entry list tho so we're gonna have to wait for her next action.
Probably some of:
  • StephMyles :

    She needs a break, which she’s about to take.
    There’s also Fed Cup.

  • She’s entered in Acapulco (not the qualies, though. She won’t get into the main draw)
    -Hasn’t entered the IW125 yet. But the deadline’s not until Feb. 4. But if she hasn’t already, I doubt she will.
    -Indian Wells qualifying.
    -Guadalajara (125K second week of IW)
    -She should get straight into the Miami main draw.


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Tebbutt: Bianca’s finishing touch
[recommended reading]

Her next opponent will be the 32nd seed and current world no. 35, Dominika Cibulkova. The 29-year-old Slovak (above watching Andreescu on Wednesday) has ranked as high as no. 4 in 2017 and was the singles runner-up at the 2014 Australian Open. So far in 2019, Cibulkova has a modest 1-3 record, although each one of her matches has been a three-setter.

There’s one thing Andreescu is not – and that’s a shrinking violet. Asked about facing a well-established player such as Cibulkova, she said: “She’s a fighter. She runs to every ball, places the ball pretty well. I think if I play my game and stay aggressive right from the start, I think I can take her.”
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56 NCH (60) Bianca Andreescu 18.7 CAN1 1033 +4 +114 Indian Wells R16

Next Wang Qiang, who beat Mertens, who has won two singles titles on the WTA Tour. On 28 January 2019, Wang reached her best singles ranking of world No. 18.

Bianca should be able to beat her.
She can only go up for now with every win as I don't think she has any material points to defend from last year.

Next round will be really tough though and I don't think she is ready to take out either Muguruza or Bartens.
She can only go up for now with every win as I don't think she has any material points to defend from last year.

Next round will be really tough though and I don't think she is ready to take out either Muguruza or Bartens.
Hah. just watch her. I think she's more than ready.


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Mandatory reading, these transcripts ... :cool:

March 10, 2019

Bianca Andreescu

Indian Wells, California

B. ANDREESCU/S. Voegele 6-1, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you feel you're progressing each round or a little bit hard to tell today because she wasn't at her best or you just hopped on her right away?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, that was the goal from the beginning of the match was to put pressure on her serve, which is my return.

And on my serve, as well, I tried to take control right from the start, because I know that's what she likes to do, so I kind of beat her at her own game today.

I tried my best to change the rhythm. I know she also doesn't like that, so it really worked well today.

Q. How does it feel to make the third round here at a premier mandatory?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: That's crazy. It's crazy, really. If someone would have told me I would have gone to the third round of this tournament at the beginning of the year, I would have said, You're crazy.

It's just an incredible experience. This is one of the best tournaments in the world, so I'm just really, really happy.

Q. I had a source that said you had a practice match with her at some point a little while ago.

Q. Yeah. Didn't go so well. How could it have turned around so much today?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, that was in Australia. My back was hurting at that time. I actually stopped the practice.

But, yeah, she played different, I felt like, in that practice match. She was taking the ball a bit earlier and hitting a bit harder.

But that's practice. This is a match. It's different, so...

Q. Does it make it extra special to see that your success here is parallel with the success of Felix and Denis?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Definitely. We're all killing it. It's great. We have played so many junior tournaments together, and it's so nice to see each and every one of us at the top of our game at this stage in our life, only 18, 19, which is pretty incredible.

I think all that really contributes to our successes. We motivate each other. If one person does well, it's really nice to see.

Q. Are you progressing through the tournament? What do you feel you're doing better now than you were right at the beginning?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Of the tournament?

Q. Yeah.
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I'm getting used to the atmosphere, the courts, just everything. Just being here, too. Every match I play, I gain more and more experience. I think it's showing.

Q. What do you know about Wang and about playing her in the next round?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I actually didn't know that.

Q. You're actually playing Serena.
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Oh, God (laughter).

I don't know how she plays.

Q. She did well in Asia in the fall, do you remember? No? Okay.
BIANCA ANDREESCU: No. I'll definitely check her out online or in practice tomorrow. Whoever gets to the fourth round, third round, is an incredible player, because this is a high-level event.

I have no doubt that it's going to be a tough match. I'm looking forward to it.

Q. Do you know if she beat Mertens or you didn't know that Mertens was there, either?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: No, I don't know who I play in the next round. I like to focus on the present moment.

Q. Do you think of yourself as a favorite in some of these matches, like today or the next round?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I don't know how to answer that. All I can say is that I know the crowd was for me today. I heard a lot of, Hi there, Bianca. Let's go Canada.

So maybe in this match I was, yeah.

Q. Do you feel you were having so much momentum you were favored to win the match?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Oh, okay. Not necessarily, no. No.

Q. You have been racking up the wins all season long. Do you remember ever being this confident before in your game?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I don't think so. I think I'm really at the top of my game right now. It's different playing the challenger level tournaments and the juniors.

I did have a lot of success in that, too, but it's different because I'm playing against top-level players. I think if I can continue doing this, gaining more and more experience, playing throughout these tournaments, then I think it only gets better from here.

Q. Do you think the confidence makes it easier for you as you progress?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: For sure. I think confidence is everything in a player. If you have confidence, you have better days. If you're confident in your game, then you just go out there and give it all. I think confidence is definitely one thing.

Q. Simona said she remembered practicing with you in Canada a few years ago, maybe around -- obviously at Rogers Cup, I guess. She had some words with you at the time about playing juniors and maybe not needing to play juniors. Do you remember that conversation at all?

Q. What was your side of it? What did it feel like to get that advice?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, it's nice to get any advice from any top-level player. She's my idol, so it was really nice to hear that from her.

I did make the switch a couple months after that. I think it definitely helped.

Q. What were you doing yesterday morning at 11:00?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I don't even remember what I did two hours ago.

Q. There was a tennis match on on Stadium 1 here.
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Oh, I watched Felix. Yeah, that was an incredible match. He played really, really well. He made Tsitsipas look pretty bad (smiling).

Yeah, I'm really, really happy for him. It's nice to see all the Canadians doing well, and Gabby, as well, too. She won her doubles today.

Q. Can you analyze what's happening with Felix as a player? What's allowed him to play this well?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Confidence, for sure. He's been doing really well throughout his whole career, really. He's such a hard worker. I see him in the gym all the time, on the court, working hard. It's really nice to be around that, because that also gives me a lot of motivation, too. He's a really big hitter. And if he keeps improving his game, he can be really, really good.

Q. The bracelet that you wear that goes up here that I see -- it's still there. What exactly is that? At some point in the match you pulled out a jar and sniffed it and put it away.
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Oh, that's a secret. But this is, I don't know, I guess it's just my thing. During preseason, I was always holding it here. I have never worn these hair ties before, but during preseason I bought a couple, and I was just wearing it around my wrist. And then I was noticing that when I was hitting forehands it kept flying off, so I just put it up there, and it looked decent, so I just kept it (smiling).

I like to be different. So I guess I'm starting a bit of a trend, because a lot of people actually have messaged me about it saying they're wearing it now too. So it's pretty nice.

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insane performance today... v mugu
i want to go practice some droppers now...
Santoro would be proud of her drop shots. And she sets them up with her power pushing her opponent back. In her interview a few days ago, she spoke about her game plan of giving her opponent shots she knew she didn't like, instead of just the usual "I play my game, and I don't think about my opponent".
Did see this coming. I was skeptical she can beat Muguruza but she did it. I think Mugu-mood might have had something to do with the scoreline but nevertheless all credit to Andreescu. Well done!
Three wins this year vs former #1 players without a loss...a giant slayer!

2019 version of Osaka, sneaking up on the WTA at Indian Wells.

<3 that flat backhand!


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March 12, 2019

Bianca Andreescu

Indian Wells, California

B. ANDREESCU/Q. Wang 7-5, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. That must feel amazing. Does it?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Amazing is an understatement right now (smiling). It's incredible. I'm just grateful. Yeah, that's really all I can say.

I'm playing Muguruza tomorrow. I have watched her play many times on TV, so it's just crazy to think that I'll be competing against her.

Q. Apart from the result, you must be feeling that your tennis just comes very easy, because that's what it looks like from the outside. Is there a way you can make this keep going forever?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: That would be really nice. Obviously, I don't think it's going to be all butterflies and rainbows every day, but it has been so far, and just gonna take it one day at a time. Hopefully I can do a lot of great things this season.

Q. You're the player that has won most matches this year. What role does confidence have in the way you're playing now?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: A lot. I think confidence is almost everything for a player. If you trust your shots, if you trust your game, good things always happen. I think that's what's happening with me right now.

Also, the work I have put in is really paying off, and it's showing.

Q. The little racquet smack at 4-All in the first set, did that kind of wake you up or did it help?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Well, no, I lost the next game at Love, but I think maybe it helped for the next couple games after that.

It's nice to let some anger out sometimes. I wish I didn't have to do that, but it just came out.

But, yeah, and then I held serve and Sylvain came and spoke to me. Told me to stay calm.

Because I was doing all the right things. She just stepped up her game a bit more. And then at 5-4 when I was serving, I stepped my game up just a bit more than hers. And I think that made the difference in the important points.

Q. She seemed to play straight up and down a lot, angles, hitting it hard. She was hitting right down the middle. You were there and you could take advantage.
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, all she does is hit through the court. She doesn't really open up the court. She does like pace, so I tried not to give her a lot of that today.

She really didn't like the high ball to her backhand, which I used a lot, and it helped. Also the slices, the angles, everything that I like to do worked well today (smiling).

Q. Do you have a routine for matches that you have won, like eating always the same things or wearing the same clothes? Do you believe in these kind of things?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I'm not that superstitious. The only thing that I do is I like to use the same dampener the whole time, which is the Canadian flag.

I take a sip of water. I take a bite out of food. Doesn't matter what food. And then my sports drink. And then I sniff that little thing, which I'm not gonna go into detail about. My little secret.

Q. At what point during the season with all of your wins and all the matches that you played were you the most surprised?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I think this week. Yeah, I didn't expect for me to get all the way here.

I honestly don't know how I won my first round, because I wasn't feeling so well that day, and Begu was playing incredible. I think it was nice I had a day off after that to recover, and, yeah, the days in between really help a lot.

Also, like, actually, everything, really, like with Caroline Wozniacki, I didn't expect anything. Venus, yeah.

Q. I wonder if you have seen Denis' rap after his victory over Cilic? What are your thoughts on that?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I actually just watched it before I got in here. It really put a smile on my face. That's for sure.

It's nice. It's a different thing. It brings entertainment to the game. He's really good. I have no doubt he's -- I don't think he's gonna stop, which is -- that's his thing. I'm happy for him.

Q. Tennis fans know that Djokovic has done a lot of meditation. It can be powerful. Can you talk about meditation in your life, how you use it, how it's impacted you?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, my mom introduced me to that when I was really young. I was maybe about 12. Ever since then I have been meditating. I do a lot of yoga, as well, and I think that really helps me just have a balanced life.

I don't only work on my physical aspect. I also work on the mental, because that's also very, very important. It's definitely showing through my matches where I'm staying in the present moment a lot of the time. I don't like to focus on what just happened or in the future.

And I think that's a really important aspect of the game. I'm going to keep continuing on improving that, and I think with that, I can do great things.

Q. Can you share with us what kind of meditation it is?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: It's creative visualization meditation.

Q. In Australia, you were a bit surprised to learn you were in the top 100. And now?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Top 50 (smiling).

Q. How do you feel about that?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, it's really crazy. If someone told me at the beginning of the year that I would be top 50 during Indian Wells, I would have told them that they're crazy.

But if I can continue doing this, then I think I can do really great things. For me, the sky's the limit. I believe that anything is possible.

Q. It took you two months to get 100 to 50. So in another two months, what do you think?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Top 10? Who knows? In this sport, in life, I think that anything is doable. Yeah.

Q. A question on Muguruza. You said you watched her on TV and stuff like that. Can you talk a little bit about what you see when you see Garbiñe play? What do you think is the challenge of playing her tomorrow?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: She's a hard hitter. She likes to use her serve to control the point. She fights really hard. She moves really well, as well. So she has the whole package.

So I have no doubt that it's gonna be a tough match tomorrow, but I'm going to go out there and play my game. I think I can win tomorrow, but I know it's going to be a tough match.

Q. Just back to the top 50 thing, trying to stay in the now, what you're doing, how helpful is it to maybe not think about numbers much at all about those kinds of things? How do you approach that?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, I don't check any of those things. If I see something on Twitter, then that's all there is. And that's what happened with the top 50, top 100, most wins this year.

Yeah, I don't like to focus on numbers, because that is definitely overwhelming. But if I just focus on my tennis and stay healthy, then I think I can do great things.

Q. How hard is it to do that in a social media age, constantly having those numbers in your face, seeing how you're being evaluated and how you're doing?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I just try not to overthink it. I see it, and then I close my phone.

Q. I want to ask you about numbers a bit. Talk about the work you have been putting in. Can you quantify that? What was your preseason training like?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: It was really hard. I worked a lot physically. I worked a lot on my cardio, being able to last long rallies, and also on my game. I used to have trouble choosing to hit the right shot at the right time. I think that's definitely improving and it's showing throughout my matches.

Also, the mental part, like, with the meditation and just having the right amount of time off, time on the court. For me, it's quality over quantity. Yeah.

Q. You just said the sky is the limit. In Australia you told me that you're here to write history. What do you have in mind when you say that? What would be writing history?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I like to dream big. I think I did make a bit of history the last couple months, but I'm not gonna stop. I'm going to keep going.

For me, No. 1 is to be the best player and person that I can be, on and off the court, and be an inspiration to others. I think it just gives me more purpose to play this game. I think I have been doing that really well.

And who knows? Maybe if I win this tournament, I'll make even more history (smiling).

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Andreescu Post-Match Press Conference at the BNP Paribas Open [4th Round]

Bianca Andreescu Press Conference | 2019 BNP Paribas Quarterfinals

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March 13, 2019

Bianca Andreescu

Indian Wells, California

B. ANDREESCU/G. Muguruza 6-0, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Did you have a busy day?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Busy winning, I guess (smiling). I guess it was just -- I just went out there, went for it. I didn't focus on who was on the other side. It really helped me, and I used my serve to my advantage. She didn't serve so well today, so I took advantage of that, as well.

Yeah, I got the win in under an hour, which is definitely good for the body, too...

Q. Do you know the expression "being in the zone"?

Q. Were you in the zone today?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: That was definitely what happened today, yeah. I had a good day. She didn't have such a good day. I felt she was holding back a lot, and I felt it, so I just kept putting pressure. She just kept missing. So I'm just really happy.

Q. You say you don't focus on who is on the other side, but you are facing a lot of opponents you haven't faced before. Do you quickly get a read how they are reacting to your diverse game and then decide what to use more of during the match?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, I try to evaluate during the match, definitely. If she doesn't -- because everyone has different days. Like maybe her backhand will be better one day. Her forehand might be shaky. So I definitely try to evaluate during the match.

Today I think I just -- I stuck to my tactics, which was to put pressure on her forehand, move her around, change the rhythm like I always do, play my game.

Q. Yesterday top 50 and today top 40. Tomorrow?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Top 25? (Smiling.) Who knows? I'm just taking it day by day.

Q. The successes you have had this year in various tournaments against various levels of competition, how much does that help your confidence when you come into a situation in a venue like this against top 10, top 25 opponents?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, like I always say, I think confidence is everything, and also experience, too. I just started playing these high-level events a year ago, and I think I'm gaining more and more experience after every match. Win or lose, I always learn something. And I think this year all the wins have definitely given me confidence.

Q. That's the biggest court you have ever played on. Second biggest court in tennis. You looked like you were perfectly at home there. Any problem getting your bearings?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I warmed up on it this morning. I got a feel of how it was. And my first match I played on Stadium 2, so it wasn't very different.

Q. The more you win, the more people are going to want to know your secrets. You didn't reveal much the other day, but you said you had a prematch routine where you maybe smell something before...
BIANCA ANDREESCU: It's usually during the match that I sniff it. But I'm never going to reveal my secret, no.

Q. Aroma therapy?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I'm not saying anything (smiling). You guys got what the hair tie was about, and I think that's good enough.

Q. You're obviously getting used to winning. That comes with a lot more attention in the press, people recognizing you. Has that been a very new experience? What's it been like?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, it's definitely a new experience. I have a good team around me that help me stay grounded. I think it's good for the fans to get a taste of how the players are, their persona on camera.

Yeah, I think it's just -- I'm just going to continue doing that. It's also mandatory, so I gotta do it (smiling).

Q. You talked about yoga and meditation in your last press conference. Is that something you do during the tournaments as we go through, or is that something you do in the off weeks?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I do it all the time. Every day since I was 14, I have been doing it. So it's become a habit for me.

Q. Up next you have either Svitolina or Vondrousova. What are your thoughts on playing either of them?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: No doubt it's going to be a tough match. I have watched them play many, many times. I played juniors with Markéta. And Svitolina has had an incredible run.

So I'm looking forward to that. I'm just gonna study their match and then hopefully have another good day on Friday.

Q. You have a connection with the Toronto Raptors now?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Low key. I do. I'm a really big fan. I think they can do really well this season. I mean, they are already doing well. I'm sure they can win the whole thing.

Q. What have you done between matches? I think yesterday you may have been saying when you go out on court and you're playing the match, not to think too much during the match. Is that pretty much what you did today? What have you done between matches?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Yeah, in the past I felt like I was just overthinking a lot of things during the match. Like, I keep key words in my head usually.

But one day during -- I think it was a challenger in Granby, I just told myself, okay, let's try not to say anything during the match, to myself, I mean. That really worked well. Like, I just focused on my tactics. That's all. And that's what I have been doing.

I just keep very short key words in my head, like, before I serve, before I return. I just try to pump myself up.

Q. What can you say Sylvain has done for you?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: He's done a lot. I have been working with him for quite a while now, full-time since last year after Australian Open. But even before that, I played Fed Cup with him.

He's an incredible coach. He has a lot of experience. We have a really good relationship off the court, and I think that's really important. So I thank him a lot for what he's done.

Q. Talking about your coaches, you broke with Nathalie Tauziat earlier?

Q. What did she bring to you? And when did you start playing tennis and why did you start playing tennis?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Okay. I started playing tennis at the age of seven in Romania. I was born in Canada, though. My parents, they had work there, so we were going back and forth.

And then once I started getting serious, moved back to Canada, got into Tennis Canada, as well, and then at the age of 15 started working with Nathalie. It was pretty overwhelming. She was top 3 in the world, and she went to the finals of Wimbledon. That was a crazy experience for me.

We also had a very good relationship on and off the court. She brought a lot to the table because she was a player, so she knows everything. So she gave me a lot of tips on what to do during the match, before the match, after the match, how to prepare, all of that.

And I think it was a really good start to my pro career. So I thank her a lot for it. It's all friendly.

Q. I was really interested in the meditation part. Are there images involved? Do you listen to music? Could you tell us a little bit more about that, if you would?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: It's nothing complicated. I wake up every morning. First thing I do is I meditate. I think it really helps me get a good jump-start to the day. Not opening my phone or anything, not getting too overwhelmed.

It's just creative visualization. I take 15 minutes every morning just to get in tune with my body, my mind. Because I feel like a lot of people work on the physical part of things, but I think the mental part is the most important because it controls your whole body, right?

Yeah, I just take 15 minutes every morning. I visualize myself having a good day, like, stuff like that.

Q. And some of the words you use before starting a point, if I followed what you said before, what are some of the words you use before you serve?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I'll just say, like, catch and stroke, because sometimes I tend to have a big swing on the returns. And ladies are serving really fast, so I just try to keep it compact. Stuff like that.

Q. Do you say, okay, I'm just going to react, period? I'm not going to...
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Exactly, exactly.

Q. So how does it work out? Do you actually react all the time, or do you think about it when it's not going well?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: During the match?

Q. Yeah.
BIANCA ANDREESCU: Good question. I try to just accept what's happening. I try not to have any expectations because I think expectations ruin a lot of things.

So I just accept what's coming at me, and I try to work around it.

Q. What languages do you speak?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: I speak English and Romanian. My French is "ishy." My whole team is French, so I don't know why I suck so bad. I'm really trying to improve that.

Hopefully -- I know I said this to you, Stephanie, that last year, by the time I would get to the Rogers Cup, I'd know it fluently. So now my goal is for 2020, when Rogers Cup is in Montreal, for me to actually give an interview in French, have no problems with it.

Q. When Nathalie was coaching you, did she tell you anything about being a player that was surprising or unusual that you found was really accurate? When you were working with Natalie, did she tell you anything maybe unusual or surprising about being on tour or some advice which you found really accurate or useful?
BIANCA ANDREESCU: It wasn't anything really specific, really. It was more general things. I have never played on the tour against top players, so it was all new to me. But I took it to heart, and I think a lot of it has gotten me where I am right now.

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