Bianca Vanessa Andreescu: Tennis Player Profile

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:26 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019 6:26 PM UTC

After becoming the first Canadian to ever win a Major at this year´s US Open, we go in-depth profiling the sensational Bianca Andreescu.

<div><h2 align="center"><strong>Overview</strong></h2><p><br /><em>Date of Birth: 16th of June, 2000<br />Birthplace: Mississuaga, Ontario, Canada<br />Nationality: Canadian<br />Plays: Right-handed, two-handed backhand<br />Likes: Dogs, hip-hop, yoga, thrillers, hanging out with friends<br />Titles: 5x ITF, Newport Beach, Indian Wells, Toronto, US Open</em></p><h2 align="center"><strong>Early years</strong><strong style="color:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-size:1.2em"> </strong></h2><p>Bianca Vanessa Andreescu was born June 16th 2000 in Mississauga, Ontario to Romanian parents. Her mother, Maria, is a chief compliance officer and a graduate from the University of Craiova - whilst her father Nicu is an engineer out of Transilvania University of Brasov. The couple moved to Canada six years prior to Bianca´s birth, in 1994. In 2006, the family moved back to Romania for a couple of years as Maria Andreescu had received an opportunity to run a trucking business. It was shortly after that a seven-year old Bibi picked up a tennis racquet for the first time. Quickly seen to be talented, after the family moved back to Canada a few years later, an 11-year old tennis talent joined Team Canada´s Under-14 National Training Center in Toronto.</p><h2 align="center"><br /><strong>Breakthrough </strong></h2><p>Andreescu has always been a supreme talent, and has had several breakthroughs throughout the course of her young career. In 2014, she won the world´s most prestigious Under-14s tournament in Les Petits As, France. The Missisaugan Mammoth holds also won back-to-back Orange Bowl Championships, the Under-16s in 2014 and the Under-18s a year after. In her very first professional tournament at the Gatineau ITF, she made it all the way to the final. Further waves were made by Bibi in 2017, where she became the first player born this century to defeat a top 20 player, ousting world no. 13 Kiki Mladenovic in Washington.<br /><br />This year has been the huge professional breakthrough for the Canadian, and a fairy tale come true. Andreescu has been on a meteoric rise from World no. 152 to world no. 5, winning a staggering 43 matches and losing only 4. The Mississaugan Mammoth started 2019 with reaching the the Auckland final in January, and then she won Newport Beach. Battling through injury, and several top 10 players, she won the prestigious Indian Wells title as a qualifier. Despite missing several months with a shoulder injury, Bibi won her first tournament back, hoisting the Rogers Cup trophy on home soil. Around this this time last year, the then 18-year old was eliminated in the first round of US Open qualifying, and sat at home injured watching the event. Now, she is the Champion, after an electrifying run - that saw her defeat the legendary Serena Williams in straight sets to win the title.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Here's Tuesday's &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/BiancaAndreescu?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#BiancaAndreescu&lt;/a&gt; cartoon in &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TorontoStar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@TorontoStar&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/SAN1QY6Uso\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/SAN1QY6Uso&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Theo Moudakis (@TheoMoudakis) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TheoMoudakis/status/1171152569214873601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 9, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2 align="center"><strong>Strengths</strong></h2><ul> <li> <p><strong>Variety: </strong>Despite being just 19 years old, this Canadian has a complete skillset, and makes a nightmare opponent for any player on tour. Bianca´s game consists of a commanding, tricky serve, backed up with incredibly powerful groundstrokes - especially off the forehand wing. The Missisaugan Mammoth loves stepping into the court, and can easily approach the net and finish points. What´s more, the world no. 5 can mix her game up like the craftiest players on tour, disrupting rhythm with heavy slices, drop shots and lobs.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Fearlessness: </strong>With many younger players, acclimatizing to the professional scene is a struggle. Being thrown into the Lion´s Den, in some cases facing their childhood idols, can make many players freeze. When things don´t go their way, they may panic, their entire game coming undone. Andreescu suffers from none of it, and plays with absolutely no fear, no matter the opponent. A trait that´s been with the Canadian since childhood "When she was little, we had to have her wear a helmet in the house, because she was always so active, banging her head against everything,” her father Nicu said.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Poise under pressure: </strong>It is exceptionally rare to see a player being able to hold their nerves in the most crucial moments. Usually, this is the trait that separates the Champions from the runner-ups, the Legends of the game from the great players. Even among the veterans, this poise and unyielding spirit is uncommon. But the Mississaugan Mammoth has it. Not only does Bibi handle the pressure, she often finds her very best tennis when needed most. After missing match point, being broken serving for the match at 6-3, 5-2 in the US Open final - the momentum swung. The entire crowd in the world´s largest tennis stadium, 23,000 strong, rallied behind Serena Williams. As a first time finalist playing against one of the Legends of the game in this setting, many would have cracked. Andreescu didn´t. Instead she steadied the ship and broke Serena for the match to wrap up the title in straight sets.</p> </li></ul><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;happy happy &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/0eZYrS6aJ7\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/0eZYrS6aJ7&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Bandreescu_/status/1170908329645957121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;September 9, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2 align="center"><strong>Weaknesses</strong></h2><ul> <li> <p><strong>Savvy playstyles: </strong>It´s incredibly tough finding weaknesses in the Canadian phenom´s game, as there are really no outstanding areas to attack. One thing that the 19-year has struggled with at times are the exceptionally crafty players, who really lower the pace of play, slicing and dicing away. This can cause Bibi to lose her patience and try to go for too much.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Injuries: </strong>Andreescu´s biggest weakness isn´t one we see on court. It´s being able to stay on it. Despite only being 19 years of age, the Mississaugan Mammoth has struggled mightily struggled with staying fit throughout her entire career. During Indian Wells, Bianca played through cramps and had her right shoulder taped. Afterwards, she was sidelined for four months with a shoulder injury. At the Rogers Cup, she overcame a groin injury to triumph. Having to play through, and be sidelined by these kind of injuries at such a young age is certainly concerning. Keeping herself fit will be of monumental importance for Andreescu throughout her career.</p> </li></ul><h2 align="center"><strong>Future ceiling</strong></h2><p>For Bianca Andreescu, as the saying goes: The sky´s the limit. She already competes better than many established veterans on tour, has no outstanding weaknesses in her game - coupled with a Championship mentality. One day before the final, Serena William´s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, had taken note.</p><p>“I think she’s going to be No. 1 soon, because she has everything that’s needed,” he said a day before the final.</p><p>There is no doubt in my mind that she will become the future world number one. The questions isn´t if, it´s when? As long as the Mississaugan Mammoth stays fit, we could see her eclipse all competition as soon as next year. Currently only about 200 points behind Elina Svitolina ranked world no. 3, and 1700 points from the peak of the Tennis rankings - it´s not unrealistic. So keep your eyes peeled, because the tennis takeover has aldready begun. The brazen Canadian will keep taking the world by storm, and cement her place in tennis history in the years to come.</p></div>
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