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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

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An Edmonton tennis coach says she 's proud of her role in developing Bianca Andreescu , who defeated Serena Williams at the U.S. Open on Saturday to become Yao-Gallop watched the championship game at home with her 12-year-old son, screaming, " she did it !" when Andreescu won.

It 's a victory that rocked the sports world and now, an Edmonton tennis pro says he believes Bianca Andreescu winning the U.S. Open will send shockwaves “ Bianca came into the tournament as an up-and-coming player and people thought she had a good chance of winning, but to actually do it

'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.

The Rise and Rise of Bianca Andreescu

The Rise and Rise of Bianca Andreescu Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, will play her first Grand Slam final on Saturday against Serena Williams. After Andreescu defeated Belinda Bencic in the semifinals on Thursday night, Pam Shriver of ESPN told her in a postmatch interview that a year ago, “I don’t think I’d heard of you.” Shriver would not be alone. Andreescu has had a stunningly rapid rise to the top of tennis since this time last year, compiling a 44-4 record. Aug. 22, 2018 Ranking: 208 In the first round of the United States Open qualifying tournament, Andreescu loses to Olga Danilovic, 6-3, 7-5. Nov.

"What do you think ?" Andreescu said, smiling at Tennis Canada staff. Andreescu will resume training next week with the goal of playing one tournament during the WTA Tour's Asian swing — with the Beijing Open, Sept. Bianca Andreescu 's historic win a credit to her hard work, coach says. Andreescu has talked about wanting to inspire young athletes across Canada — and while it 's still

WATCH ABOVE: Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams on Saturday to win the US Open and becomes Canada's first Grand He worked with Andreescu early on in her career for about a year. “ She was young , a really hard-working girl and very determined,” recalled Liu.

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.

Meet Bianca Andreescu, Canada's teen titan of tennis

Meet Bianca Andreescu, Canada's teen titan of tennis In yet another 2019 moment that has left Canadian sports fans wondering if they’re dreaming, teenage tennis sensation Bianca Andreescu, of Mississauga, Ont., is within a racket-arm’s reach of clinching the U.S. Open. Now there’s just one little obstacle in the 19-year-old’s way: Serena Williams, who is about twice Andreescu’s age and debatably the best tennis player of all time. But Williams has been plagued by injuries of late, and is possibly past her peak. Andreescu, on the other hand, has rocketed up more than 100 places in the Women’s Tennis Association global rankings, from 152nd at the end of 2018 to 15th going into Saturday’s final match.

Bianca Andreescu : Canada’s new tennis superstar. She said she visualized her match against Williams unfolding, thinking about how certain points might play out, when she woke up Saturday morning. It wasn’t the first time Andreescu had thought about playing the

Very clutch from bianca , especially in the first set when she saved multiple break points before running away Credit to Bianca for fighting on and not giving up. Also Bianca is the now the youngest Slam finalist Awesome variety from Andreescu , trained to give her opponent different looks everytime.

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.

Scott Stinson: Bianca Andreescu makes history with remarkable U.S. Open win

Scott Stinson: Bianca Andreescu makes history with remarkable U.S. Open win NEW YORK • Bianca Andreescu cannot stop making history. On the incredible stage of the U.S Open women’s singles final, the 19-year-old from the Toronto suburbs took down the most daunting opponent in the sport, pulling off a remarkable straight-sets win (6-3, 7-5) that makes her the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title. 

“With everyone doing so well in Canadian tennis , I think we all motivate each other to do better and “I also think it also gives a chance for the younger generation to do well, because they’re seeing us do so well.” WTA Insider caught up with Andreescu after her media debut to talk about her tour-level

But Bianca Andreescu is on track to do much more than that. Bianca Andreescu is home in Mississauga, Ont. for a well-deserved rest after a successful start to the 2019 tennis season. After spending her formative years in the sport working in relative obscurity at the training centre next door

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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