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SportsBianca Andreescu: How a fake check inspired the US Open champion

16:50  08 september  2019
16:50  08 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Years ago, Bianca Andreescu wrote her name and the prize money for winning the US Open on a mock-up check .

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Bianca Andreescu: How a fake check inspired the US Open champion© TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with her trophy after she won against Serena Williams of the US after the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Years ago, Bianca Andreescu wrote her name and the prize money for winning the US Open on a mock-up check.

She was 16 at the time and harbored ambitions of reaching the pinnacle of her sport. The check served as motivation, driving a hope that one day she would get her hands on the real thing.

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After Bianca Andreescu won her United States Open semifinal on Thursday night, Pam Shriver of ESPN told her in a postmatch interview that a year Over the next week, Andreescu defeats three seeded players — No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, the seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams

On Saturday evening in New York, she did just that, defeating Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to become Canada's first ever Grand Slam singles champion.

"After I won the Orange Bowl back in 2015, a couple of months later I just felt like I could do really big things in this sport," Andreescu told CNN after her US Open victory.

"So, I just grabbed a check and wrote the prize money of that year. But every year I kept increasing it because it kept changing. But I just kept visualizing that moment since that day.

"Now being the actual champion is just so crazy."

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'Proud to be Canadian'

It's been a whirlwind eight months for Andreescu, who was ranked 178th at the start of the year.

Now 19, she's the first teen since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to win a Grand Slam title and is on a run of 14 consecutive victories.

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Earlier this week, Bianca Andreescu told the media that as a 15-year-old, she wrote herself a fake check in the amount of the prize money of the US Open . The confidence propelled her to another run at Indian Wells, her first premier tournament, where she topped three-time Grand Slam champion

Bianca Andreescu became the first teenager in a decade to reach the US Open semifinals, after she beat Elise Mertens on Wednesday. "Is this real life?" Andreescu , who has already won the Indian Wells title and the Canadian Open this year, faces Belinda Bencic in the last four Friday.

Her win against Williams caught the attention of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who sent a congratulatory tweet. It's been a sensational few months for Canadian sport as Andreescu's victory comes hot on the heels of the Toronto Raptors success in the NBA Finals.

"It feels so incredible, having everyone's support back home, I'm speechless," said Andreescu, who will now rise to fifth in the WTA rankings.

"I'm so proud to be Canadian and without Tennis Canada's support I really wouldn't be here today."

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Big game experience

This year's final shared a similar story to last year's when Naomi Osaka, then aged 20, defeated Williams and gained worldwide recognition overnight.

Although Andreescu's victory lacked the fireworks of 2018, she did have to hold her nerve in front of a partisan crowd in New York as she squandered a double break in the second set.

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But it was youth that conquered once again. Williams was condemned to a fourth successive defeat in Grand Slam finals, meaning her goal of a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title remains elusive.

"I've been playing a lot on big stages. Nothing compared to this, obviously, but I had some practice coming into the final and I've just been working really hard mentally to just be able to get into the zone," said Andreescu.

"I'm just really glad about how I kept my cool."

So what's next for the Canadian?

"Ever since I was a little girl I've always wanted to win a Grand Slam and hopefully (will win) many more to come, become No. 1 in the world, create history and be an inspiration for many people," she said.

Whatever Andreescu's future holds, you feel there will be a few more prize checks coming her way.

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