Former World No. 4 and 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu of Canada shared some insights on her game, career, and how players may reach the elite level. The three-time WTA champion said these during the 2023 Thailand Open in Hua Hin, where she posted a semifinal finish.
Contributed by Rosy Mina
WHAT ARE YOUR TAKEAWAYS FROM THE MATCH AGAINST HARRIET DART OF GREAT BRITAIN IN THE FIRST ROUND?
Well, I’ve played Harriet before I think two or three times and she’s not an easy opponent to play. She can change the rhythm really well. She can move really well. And she has a very good forehand down the line so I really had to pay attention to that today. She caught me a few times. But I think today I was just super on top of the net, meaning I was very aggressive and I know that’s not what she likes. So I’m glad that I was able to do that.
“If you do wanna go pro, there are some sacrifices you have to make.”Bianca Andreescu
IF YOU COULD GIVE AN ADVICE TO TEENAGERS WHO WANT TO REACH YOUR LEVEL AND ATTAIN YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
This question is so complex ‘cause I can say so much. I can start with choosing good priorities. So if you do wanna go pro, there are some sacrifices you have to make. Make sure you surround yourself with really good people, very supportive people. Put in the work because you can visualize, you can dream all you want, but if you’re not putting the hours on the court, and off the court mentally as well, and even nutrition, like sleep, it’s all of the above. I think it’s super important as well. And believe in yourself, actually. I think that’s the biggest one. Believe in yourself.
WHAT ARE YOUR TARGETS FOR THE 2023 SEASON?
My first thing is to be healthy ‘cause I don’t think I’ve ever played a full year on tour yet. There were many stops and starts and it was just super hectic. Hopefully, keep my team that I have now for a really long time. And result-wise, I mean winning another grand slam would be nice. Winning another 1000 event as well. And then crack the Top 10 by the end of the year.
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