Bianca Andreescu fearless in opposition to Serena, coach Sylvain Bruneau says


Bruneau stated a number of the intimidation issue disappeared just a few weeks earlier when Andreescu met Williams within the Rogers Cup ultimate in Toronto.

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Sylvain Bruneau stated the important thing to Bianca Andreescu’s historic win over Serena Williams within the U.S. Open tennis ultimate was to keep away from being intimidated as she confronted the participant she idolized as a teen.

“There are three or 4 areas the place you possibly can heat up and we used the identical one for each match,” stated Bruneau, who has been Andreescu’s private coach since final spring. “Earlier than the ultimate, we discovered that Serena used the identical space. One member of the crew stated she was going to inform Bianca and ask her if she wished to heat up in one other space, however I stated no. We had been going to maintain to our schedule and never let her take into consideration intimidation.”

Bruneau stated a number of the intimidation issue disappeared just a few weeks earlier when Andreescu, 19, met Williams within the Rogers Cup ultimate in Toronto, a match that ended prematurely when Williams withdrew with again spasms after falling behind 3-1 within the first set.

Sylvain Bruneau, coach of Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu, responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
Sylvain Bruneau, coach of Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu, responds to a query throughout a information convention in Montreal on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Photograph by Paul Chiasson /THE CANADIAN PRESS

“Regardless that it was solely 4 video games, Bianca bought a really feel for being on the courtroom with Serena and skilled a big crowd in her hometown,” stated Bruneau.

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Bruneau, who first encountered Andreescu at Tennis Canada’s Nationwide Coaching Centre when she was 14, downplayed his position in Andreescu’s speedy rise. She began the yr at No. 107 within the WTA rankings and is No. 5 after the win in New York.

“She has the power, and my job was to assist her take advantage of the power,” stated Bruneau.

Andreescu has had a magical season, with titles at Indian Wells, Calif., and Toronto earlier than the U.S. Open. She has a 46-4 report on the yr and has greater than US$6 million in official earnings with the potential so as to add tens of millions in endorsement offers. The Copper Department vegetarian restaurant chain bought a cut price after they signed her to a one-year deal price $50,000.

Bianca Andreescu celebrates with coach Sylvain Bruneau after winning the U.S. Open singles final against Serena Williams on Sept. 7, 2019, in New York City.
Bianca Andreescu celebrates with coach Sylvain Bruneau after successful the U.S. Open singles ultimate in opposition to Serena Williams on Sept. 7, 2019, in New York Metropolis. Photograph by Elsa /Getty Pictures

Andreescu will take a while off earlier than she performs her subsequent match, in Beijing, on the finish of the month and he or she’s in line to qualify for the Porsche WTA Finals, an eight-woman season-ending occasion in Shenzhen, China. Bruneau stated he hopes she’ll do some “19-year-old enjoyable issues” and he or she’s already loved a number of the perks of superstar, with TV appearances on Good Morning America, Reside with Ryan and Kelly and Jimmy Fallon’s late-night present.

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Andreescu suffered a setback the week after she received at Indiana Wells. She aggravated a shoulder harm on the Miami Open. She performed just one match — a first-round loss on the French Open —  earlier than taking part in on the Rogers Cup.

“She missed the clay-court and grass-court seasons and lots of people thought the layoff would damage her,” stated Bruneau. “Lacking all that tennis was laborious on her, however she got here again well-rested and he or she was hungry.”

There’s one other silver lining to the harm. It is going to be simpler to keep up her rating and even transfer up as a result of she received’t have any factors to defend within the coronary heart of subsequent yr’s schedule.

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Bianca Andreescu celebrates with coach Sylvain Bruneau after winning the U.S. Open singles final against Serena Williams on Sept. 7, 2019, in New York City.
Bianca Andreescu celebrates with coach Sylvain Bruneau after successful the U.S. Open singles ultimate in opposition to Serena Williams on Sept. 7, 2019, in New York Metropolis. Photograph by Elsa /Getty Pictures

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