Tennis/ US Open success felt more rewarding after a 2018 qualifying failure, says newly crowned teenage champion Bianca Andreescu

New York: Newly crowned US Open teenage champion Bianca Andreescu Bianca Andreescu said Saturday’s US Open final success felt all the more pleasant after a 2018 qualifying failure left her feeling especially sad and languishing outside the world’s top 200.

This time last year a discouraged Andreescu was at home nursing an injury and coming to terms with a second consecutive failed attempt at making the main draw in New York.

‘My hard work has finally paid off’

Bianca Andreescu feels her hard work has finally paid off after she stunned 23-time major champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the final here.

“I was feeling many, many things before the match, more than any other match. In the finals, playing Serena. I just tried to breathe as much as I could from the moment I woke up until the match. I tried to just do that throughout the whole match, to just keep my nerves in place,” Andreescu said.

“It wasn’t easy at all, but I think that’s what I’ve been doing really well throughout this whole year.”

Andreescu, just the second Canadian woman to play in a Grand Slam final after 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, reiterated her commitment to serving as an inspiration for aspiring athletes back home.

Bianca posts beautiful pictures on Instagram.

I could have played better: Serena

Serena said after the match, “I was just fighting at my point. It was a great match. I think I could have played better. Bianca showed better game. I feel honored to come out of here and compete hard at this level.” 

In the entire match, Williams made 33, while Bianca made just 17 mistakes.