Toronto: US Open champion Bianca Andreescu returned to her hometown a conquering hero on Wednesday with a little more celebrating to do before getting back to work and setting new goals, such as staying injury-free.
Looking weary after a whirlwind media tour of New York, Andreescu said she was running on adrenaline after her shock straight sets win over 23-times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the final of the US Open on Saturday.
The celebrations are expected to become a regular thing for Andreescu, who pundits predict will soon climb to number one in the world rankings and win many more Grand Slams.
The future seems impossibly bright for the 19-year-old Canadian, but her meteoric rise has not come without challenges particularly with injuries, which at one point threatened to derail her breakthrough season.
“If I’m healthy then I think I can do even bigger things in this sport,” Andreescu told reporters. “One of an athlete’s biggest enemies I think is being injured.
“I think the main goal right now is to stay as healthy as I can because I’ve been injured quite a bit in my short career.”
Not yet out of her teens, Andreescu has already spent a good chunk of her young career battling back, leg and shoulder issues that caused her to miss a big chunk of the claycourt campaign and all of the of the grasscourt season, including Wimbledon.
But on the North American hardcourts Andreescu looked invincible.
She beat Williams in the final of the Rogers Cup in August to become the first Canadian to win the national title in 50 years then staged a remarkable run to the trophy in Flushing Meadows.
Having won her first Grand Slam, two of the WTA Tour’s elite events in Toronto and Indian Wells and shot to number five in the world rankings, Andreescu has had to do a quick reset of her goals, having already far exceeded her targets for 2019.
Updated Date: Sep 12, 2019 10:40:45 IST