Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu stunned the sports world by defeating legendary Venus Williams and reaching her first WTA semi-final

I believe that anything is possible, and I think tonight I’ve done the impossible, “she said after her victory against the world-class former world player.” I do not know what to say.

Andreescu from Mississauga, Ontario won at ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 against Williams.

After Andreescu broke in the opening game of the second set, he played eleven games to take control of the game.

“I was like,” What’s up. I just broke them five times in a row, “Andreescu said.” She’s one of the best servers in the game. Today she did not serve as well as other games I saw her in. But I took control. It was really a gift, maybe like a late Christmas present. “

Andreescu admitted she was nervous after dropping Williams to 5-3 in the third and final set.

“I got really tight at 5-0,” Andreescu said. “I’m like ‘a win-win’ game, but then she started to raise her level, and I sort of stepped back in. At 5-3, I’m like ‘OK, fuck it, I just go for everything’ and that I did and it worked. Maybe I should do that every point. “

Right Decisions

After recovering from a back injury last summer, Andreescu sought to build strength and confidence by participating in the lower Challenger series. She moved her off-season training facility from Boca Raton to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where she was able to train against tougher opponents.

These decisions helped Andreescu get back into shape quickly and start strong and confident this season. This is evidenced by her recent upsets against former world rankings Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams in the ASB Classic.

“She was confident in Auckland and really played very well,” said Canadian women’s head coach Sylvain Bruneau. “To be honest, I knew it, we talked and texted, I knew that they would go into the main draw and play the top players, and I believe in their game a lot.

“It was a matter of faith that they could just go out, play their game, put it on the pitch and just believe it.”

Expectations High

The 18-year-old rides just one day after her biggest career success, a stunning 6-4, 6-4 win over world-wide No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday in the $ 250,000 US tournament in Auckland as a tournament Warm up for the Australian Open, which starts in just over a week.

“It feels like a double dream,” Andreescu said. “I’m really just speechless, I do not know if this is a dream, if any of you can pinch me please Honestly, I worked really hard right now, I’m just very thankful.”

“I imagined defeating top players and it’s just a dream come true,” Andreescu said after defeating Wozniacki. “I know, I have the level [my confidence] shot up like 20 times today, it was the # 1 in the world and won a Grand Slam, I fought to the end, I was in the Zone and on one point, me. ” did not even know the score.

“My goal was just to qualify and maybe win a couple of laps, but now I’ve defeated a few top players, so who knows? I believed in myself until the very end,” said Andreescu, who is ranked 152 in the world lies and had to go through to make the tournament. “I fought and it was really fun.”

Andreescu hopes to land one of 16 qualifying spots in the 128-player main draw at the season’s first Grand Slam, as their ranking is not high enough for a direct entry.

“She is only 18 years old and has a really good potential,” said Bruneau on Friday from Melbourne. “From a sporting and mental point of view, she is a great athlete, it’s all very exciting, there’s a lot more tennis to play and a lot more improvement, we keep working.

“Certainly the first tournament of 2019 is very positive and strengthens what we did. “These thoughts were repeated by Andreescu’s frequent twin partner Carson Branstine.

“She can make any attitude you can ask of her,” said Branstine of Orange County, California. “I really think it could throw a lot of girls off because they’re not used to a girl like Bianca, there are a lot of women playing in a way where Bianca can play any style she needs to win games.

“I think that will do her good in the future, because there are not many people who can actually do it like her.”

Updated: January 6, 2019 — 5:29 pm

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