Bianca Andreescu received so used to profitable in 2019 she virtually forgot what felt wish to lose.
The 21-year-old Canadian tennis star has been relearning to cope with disappointment on the courtroom this season whereas looking for her footing after 16 months off as a result of accidents and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andreescu gained three tournaments in 2019 together with her first Grand Slam title on the U.S. Open, skyrocketing to No. 4 on the WTA rankings and cementing herself as a face of ladies’s tennis.
However when her breakthrough season ended abruptly with a knee harm on the WTA Finals in Shenzhen that October, Andreescu felt like she had crashed again right down to earth — onerous.
“It was a whole cease … and that was in all probability the worst feeling that I had,” Andreescu stated in a latest interview with The Canadian Press. “It introduced me down many ranges, as a result of after that I didn’t play for a 12 months and a half.
“You go from that prime to that low … And it’s like, how do I get again into that zone?”
Nonetheless ranked No. 5, Andreescu has performed simply 19 matches this season, together with a first-round exit at Wimbledon final month.
Whereas she regarded to have regained her championship type on the Miami Open in April, Andreescu was pressured to retire from that ultimate with an ankle harm. Just a few weeks later, she withdrew from the Madrid Open after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
The previous 12 months has introduced many modifications and challenges for the Mississauga, Ont., native, together with pandemic restrictions that considerably impacted her coaching routine, and a parting of the way with long-time coach Sylvain Bruneau.
“This 12 months was about adapting so much,” she stated.
“However I believe I handled it in the easiest way I might and I discovered so much about myself. … I attempt to simply transfer ahead and cope with something that comes my approach and be taught from it.”
Andreescu is partnering with Amazon Canada this summer season to share tales of her experiences on and off the courtroom by way of the Alexa voice service, the corporate introduced Tuesday.
The content material additionally contains coaching and motivation suggestions from Andreescu, who stated her aim with the collaboration was to “encourage others and produce pleasure to peoples’ lives.”
“Throughout this time with the pandemic, issues haven’t been straightforward for everybody,” she stated. “So I hope this will carry some smiles to peoples’ faces.”
The pandemic has turned a highlight on psychological well being issues for a lot of, together with some throughout the tennis world.
Japanese star and world No. 2 Naomi Osaka furthered the dialog on psychological well being when she withdrew from the French Open in June, saying in a press release she had handled “lengthy bouts of melancholy” after profitable the U.S. Open as a 20-year-old in 2018. She additionally withdrew from Wimbledon weeks later.
Andreescu, who was 19 when she gained the U.S. Open, can relate to Osaka on some ranges.
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Each gamers beat American famous person Serena Williams in New York and handled elevated media and fan consideration within the aftermath of their first Grand Slam titles, in addition to hovering expectations to proceed profitable.
Andreescu referred to as the flood of consideration “overwhelming.”
“At first it was nice as a result of I used to be profitable and doing nicely … (however) then it received to some extent the place I received injured once more, I didn’t play in 2020, so there have been a whole lot of instances media (would) say impolite issues,” she added.
Andreescu is at the moment making ready to defend her title on the Nationwide Financial institution Open, which begins subsequent month in Montreal. The occasion, previously generally known as the Rogers Cup, wasn’t held in 2020.
Whereas Andreescu’s assured in her hard-court play and feels she will bounce again on dwelling soil, she doesn’t need to put an excessive amount of strain on herself.
“The previous couple months have been fairly powerful … however I’m not all the time gonna win and I’ve to take a look at that actuality,” she stated. “I’ve to undergo different issues to seek out my solution to the highest once more.”
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