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Sports'She did it': Edmonton tennis coach recalls training young Bianca Andreescu

14:05  09 september  2019
14:05  09 september  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Bianca Andreescu holds open practice in Montreal and gives back to the fans

Bianca Andreescu holds open practice in Montreal and gives back to the fans Cheers of "congratulations Bianca," "we love you Bibi" and "bravo Bianca" echoed through the court. "I'm here to encourage her. We're very proud of her," said fan Lorraine Jacmain. READ MORE: Canada’s Bianca Andreescu says meditation, visualization formed winning mindset Others were at the stadium to be inspired. "She's inspiring young kids like my kid and we're big fans from a long time ago," said François Turgeon. Andreescu is just coming off a major win at the U.S. Open Championship, defeating living legend Serena Williams.

Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Romanian pronunciation: [andreˈesku]; born June 16, 2000) is a Canadian professional tennis player.

But as it turned out, Williams faced a Canadian, Bianca Andreescu , in the final on Saturday, and Telesford, who wore a bright red shirt and a baseball cap with Louis Borfiga is the architect of Tennis Canada’s development program, and after the match, he found Sylvain Bruneau, Andreescu ’s coach

'She did it': Edmonton tennis coach recalls training young Bianca Andreescu© Larry Wong Lan Yao-Gallop is a former coach of Canadian tennis player BIanca Andreescu. She now trains young tennis players at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton.

When Bianca Andreescu spurred a national celebration Saturday, beating U.S. legend Serena Williams at the U.S. Open to become Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion, the 19-year-old’s former coach was watching closely, and said she could see exactly how much Andreescu has matured as a player.

“The heart and the passion really drive her. It was a pleasure to coach her and to see how a player plays when she’s 12, and to see how a player plays in a Grand Slam when she’s 19. I saw the whole thing,” said Lan Yao-Gallop, who coaches in Edmonton at the Saville Community Sports Centre and coached the Mississauga-born Andreescu in Tennis Canada’s national junior training program in Toronto for two years, beginning when Andreescu was 12.

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+ Bianca Andreescu began her day Saturday the same way she started every morning during her run to the U.S. Open title. By meditating and visualizing how she could beat her next opponent. Those practices, adopted by the Canadian teenager years ago

Liana Morariu recalls watching Andreescu compete in person, at a tournament in Calgary when “ It does motivate us, seeing that Canadian tennis has had a lot of improvement over the years,” she “ She inspires people,” she said. “At my tennis place everybody, they only talk about Bianca and how

The early mornings, all the drills, all the practices, the weekly coach meetings and the fitness sessions that established Andreescu’s technique and footwork — they all paid off, said Yao-Gallop

“She did it. We’re just very happy for her and the whole team,” said Yao-Gallop.

Harnessing her power

Andreescu was always a “brave,” aggressive player, who hit with power and wouldn’t wait for her opponent to make mistakes, remembered Yao-Gallop.

“But she couldn’t control her power. Mentally her focus level could be up and down. But now through the years that was a big difference. Now she still plays really big, but with really good control,” said Yao-Gallop

She still remembers Andreescu’s national championship match as a 13-year-old with a touch of deja-vu.

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Andreescu was up 5-0 in the second set, and poised for the win. It was a lot like the U.S. Open championship match on Saturday, when Andreescu took the first set 6-3 and led 5-1 in the second before Serena Williams rallied to win four straight games. The momentum was on Williams’ side at that point.

Andreescu lost her lead and the under-14 championship title four years ago, but it was obvious during Saturday’s match that Andreescu was calm and in control of herself, said Yao-Gallop.

“She definitely comes through with a lot of maturity. It really showed a difference, a lot of maturity and resiliency.”

Andreescu won the next two games to become the first Canadian to win the title.

'She did it': Edmonton tennis coach recalls training young Bianca Andreescu Bianca Andreescu, left, and former coach Lan Yao-Gallop at the National Tennis Centre in Toronto in 2016. Supplied photo

The difference between the win and the loss, said Yao-Gallop, is all in your head. The younger Andreescu that Yao-Gallop coached would sometimes get rattled. “The mental component is number one at the higher level — that’s what makes the difference. The mind will drive the legs,” said Yao-Gallop.

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#SheTheNorth: Bianca Andreescu always dreamed big. Now she's inspiring others to do the same. Long before she ever became a household name, Bianca Andreescu had her sights set on greatness — quite literally, with the words 'I won' written on her hand before taking to the court. It's the kind of determination her former coach Aref Jallali says immediately set Andreescu apart from the other kids. "She writes 'I won' on her hand and she shows it to me: 'Aref, I won! I'm going to get it done and come out,'" Jallali recalled. "She still has that type of determination. If she wants something she'll get it, since she was young." Even at age 11, he says, Andreescu dreamt big.

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Ranked 152 in the world in January, Andreescu is now on a roll, having won the U.S. Open, the Canadian Open in August and the Indian Wells Masters in March. Yao-Gallop said she believes that if Andreescu stays healthy, she can win multiple grand slams.

And, Andreescu is a good ambassador for tennis, Yao-Gallop said, because she’s so humble and down-to-earth. For Yao-Gallop, who started playing tennis at eight years old, competed professionally for five years and has been coaching since 2005, Andreescu’s success is phenomenal.

“I’m just very happy for our sport to have somebody like that, and for me, I feel very fortunate to know her.”

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‘Unbelievable. She’s outstanding’: NHL stars cheering on Bianca Andreescu as she heads to Saturday’s U.S. Open final.
CHICAGO—Emerging Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has captured the imagination of the Canadians stars of the NHL. “I follow a lot of tennis and being Canadian, I’m pretty proud of what she’s been able to accomplish, the performances she’s had,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. “She’s got a big final coming up. “There will be a lot of us cheering for her.” Andreescu, just 19, will face American superstar Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on Saturday after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-6(3), 7-5 late Thursday.

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