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SportsBianca Andreescu rises to 5th in world tennis rankings after U.S. Open win

17:52  09 september  2019
17:52  09 september  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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.

If you have been considering active visualization, this seems a fine time to start. The technique certainly has worked wonders for Bianca Andreescu , a 19-year-old Canadian tennis player, who for years has been closing her eyes and envisioning herself winning the United States Open against Serena

Fans held a Canadian flag after Bianca Andreescu won the U . S . Open women’ s singles title on Saturday.CreditCreditBen When Gayle Benjamin invited a friend to travel from his home in Calgary, Alberta, to visit her in New York, she already had tickets to the United States Open women’ s final.

Bianca Andreescu, Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion, has climbed 10 spots in the women's tennis rankings to a career-high world No. 5 following her U.S. Open victory over American veteran Serena Williams on Saturday.

Andreescu converted on her third championship point of the match, breaking the 23-time Grand Slam champion with a forehand return before ecstatically sprawling belly-up on the court in front of an audience of 26,191 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

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"It's so hard to explain in words, but I'm beyond grateful," Andreescu, who was ranked 152nd ahead of her breakout season, said after the match. "I worked really hard for this moment.

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.

Andreescu has taken the tennis world by storm this year. WATCH: Canada’ s Bianca Andreescu makes history as she captures Grand Slam title. Andreescu is 34-4 this season and prior to Saturday’ s match was ranked 15 th in the world . Her rapid rise has far from gone unnoticed.

Teenager Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams in a gripping US Open final to claim a first Since then she has won prestigious WTA Premier titles at Indian Wells and Toronto, rising to 15 th in ' Andreescu is the real deal' - reaction. Tennis great Billie Jean King: "Congratulations to Bianca

"This year has been a dream come true and being able to play on this stage against Serena, a true legend in this sport, is amazing."

Watch highlights from Bianca Andreescu's U.S. Open victory:

Andreescu, a native of Mississauga, Ont., who now lives in Thornhill, is 8-0 against top-10 opponents, with all eight of the wins in 2019.

The 19-year-old's thrilling 6-3, 7-5 victory at the U.S. Open — she failed to advance beyond the qualifying round last year — followed her title win at the Rogers Cup in August over Williams, who was forced to retire due to injury when she was down 3-1 in the first set in Toronto.

Bianca Andreescu rises to 5th in world tennis rankings after U.S. Open win© Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu made history after her U.S. Open victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday.

Andreescu also won at Indian Wells, Calif., in March, the beginning of a 17-match win streak, not counting when she has had to retire from matches due to injury herself.

Andreescu, who earned $3.85 million US for Saturday's win, has experienced her own injury problems this season. In May, she was forced to withdraw from the French Open with a right shoulder injury after winning her first match and dropped out of Wimbledon the next month with the same issue.

Watch Andreescu's post-match news conference:

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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.

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