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SportsWhat they’re saying about Bianca Andreescu: ‘borderline cocky,’ with talent to back it up

15:25  09 september  2019
15:25  09 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in US Open final

Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in US Open final Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in U.S. Open final for first Grand Slam title.

Bianca Andreescu hails from a city most non-Canadians couldn’t pronounce, let alone spell, yet the Let’s take a look at the most important takes, and what the rest of world is saying about us — and, more importantly, Bianca . Andreescu ’s talents were also praised by Joel Drucker for Tennis.com

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What they’re saying about Bianca Andreescu: ‘borderline cocky,’ with talent to back it up© DON EMMERT Bianca Andreescu plugs out the sound of the pro-Serena Williams crowd at the U.S. Open final Saturday.

Bianca Andreescu hails from a city most non-Canadians couldn’t pronounce, let alone spell, yet the 19-year-old Mississauga native seems to be on the lips of every tennis fan in the world.

After defeating Serena Williams in the Rogers Cup in August, Andreescu returned to beat the former No. 1 in two sets at the U.S. Open Finals on Saturday.

Canadians celebrated from coast to coast, tweeting their congratulations to Andreescu and bragging about the country’s recent string of championships, including the Raptors’ victory in June.

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.

They cheered and waved their flags while Andreescu was interviewed, and roared when she held her I had no trouble growing up having Romanian parents whatsoever. That’s why I love my country so Nicu Andreescu , Bianca ’s father, said he was heartened by how much support his daughter

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

Canadian coverage was suffused with pride, but coverage elsewhere was more mixed — including an accusation by one ESPN writer that Andreescu was acting “borderline cocky” during the match.

Let’s take a look at the most important takes, and what the rest of world is saying about us — and, more importantly, Bianca.

A player of, and for, the future

Maitreyi Anantharaman of Deadspin wrote that Andreescu’s “exquisite marriage of style and power, and her devastating forehand, trumped (Williams’s) experience.”

Andreescu’s talents were also praised by Joel Drucker for Tennis.com, who wrote that she balanced youthful energy with calmness, and that Andreescu will likely be “a major force in tennis all through her 20s.”

The 19-year-old Andreescu, who didn’t even make it to the 2018 U.S. Open main draw, was so new to the whole winning thing that, according to Reuters, a “tournament official had to show her which side of the trophy was the front.”

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Bianca Andreescu of Canada © Global Look Press. Andreescu ’s name may not be familiar to many outside the sport, as her match on Saturday will mark her first Grand Slam “If someone told me a year ago that I’d be in the finals of the US Open this year, I’d tell them you’ re crazy,” Andreescu said in

WATCH: Bianca Andreescu says hard work helped get her to U.S. Open finals. Congratulations poured in across Twitter after her historic victory Toronto Mayor John Tory said the city’s namesake sign will be lit up in gold Saturday night to celebrate. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie told

But on the court, she showed no signs of inexperience.

What happened to Serena?

Much of the American coverage had less to do with Andreescu’s victory, and more to do with Williams’s loss.

Jeremy Bembry of ESPN’s The Undefeated called Andreescu “borderline cocky” in his analysis of the match, but also praised her “quick and concise” shot selection.

Bembry also questioned if Williams had anything left after dropping “four straight majors over the past two years,” and if Williams’s recent fumbles signalled a new era for women’s tennis — one in which Andreescu may well be front and centre.

Christopher Clarey of The New York Times echoed Bembry.

Against Andreescu, Clarey wrote, Williams “made too many unforced errors (33 in all), double-faulted on break points three times to lose her serve, and put only 44 per cent of her first serves in play.”

But it wasn’t simply a matter of Williams slipping, he wrote.

Bianca Andreescu gets prime-time slot for quarterfinals at U.S. Open

Bianca Andreescu gets prime-time slot for quarterfinals at U.S. Open NEW YORK — Bianca Andreescu is returning to prime time at the U.S. Open. The Canadian teen tennis star will play in the evening draw for the second match in a row when she faces Elise Mertens of Belgium in a quarterfinal on Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. This time, though, Andreescu will be in the early evening match, starting at 7 p.m. ET. On Monday, her match against American Taylor Townsend didn't start until about 10:30 p.m., and didn't end until early Tuesday morning after the preceding men's clash between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic went four sets. On Wednesday, Nadal's quarterfinal will follow the Andreescu-Martens contest.

Up Next From Sports. Serena Williams reacts during her loss against Bianca Andreescu in the final of the Andreescu , quick and concise in her shot selection and borderline cocky as she screamed on winners, had actually admitted “I honestly don’t think Serena showed up ,” Williams said afterward.

Bianca Andreescu Is Here. And the Canadian tennis phenom is not going anywhere. Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates victory against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during the U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Thursday.

During the match, Andreescu was both intense and loose, nimble and strong. In short: exactly what was needed to defeat Williams.

Andreescu “could so easily have cracked,” wrote Clarey. “She started out superbly, striking the ball cleanly even though she admitted feeling intimidated by Williams … And yet she danced and sang to herself, headphones in place, in the tunnel leading to the court and then matched Williams’s power and intensity from the start.”

Onwards and upwards

In a post-game clip, Andreescu thanked “everyone at home” for supporting her through the Open. She said it gives her “extra motivation” and “really pumps her up to do even better.”

For now, Andreescu has a few days off to celebrate, and soak in the historic victory along with the rest of the country.

Ted Fraser is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star's radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter at @ted_fraser.

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