The WTA competition is becoming more and more surprising. A number of young players have actually caught the attention of the public, to the detriment of the already famous ones. It all started last year, when the almost unknown Naomi Osaka won the Indian Wells title. Then, the young Japanese had a drop in shape, but she again appeared in the spotlight at the US Open, where she managed to win the trophy. After another less productive period, Naomi won the next Grand Slam in Melbourne.
In 2019, history seems to repeat itself, and it all starts at Indian Wells, again. Young Canadian Bianca Andreescu received a wild card from California organizers. Even though Bianca had had good results in the first two months of the season, absolutely no one expected her to reach the final. The absolute surprise was that young Bianca managed to win the trophy in front of much more experienced Angelique Kerber. All this at only 18 years old. She thus managed to climb not only in the 24th place in the world, but also in the third place in the tennis prize money list for 2019, so far.
Obviously, the performance is absolutely extraordinary. On the other hand, at only 18 years, Bianca Andreescu still has a long time to prove she will be a top tennis player. Recent history tells us that there are notable disappointments: Jelena Ostapenko did not had much success after her Roland Garros victory, while Eugenie Bouchard became an anonymous player. What will be in the future depends only on Bianca.
Who is Bianca Andreescu?
Many people wonder, rightly, who is this young player who has taken up the world of tennis. She was born in Mississauga, Canada, in a Romanian family. Her parents returned to Romania, where Bianca started tennis at the age of 7-8 years. Then the family relocated to Canada, Bianca continuing tennis at the National Training Program in Toronto. In 2016, Simona Halep encouraged her (the link is in Romanian) to become a professional player as fast as possible. Actually, her idols in tennis are Simona Halep and Kim Clijsters. Therefore, Bianca switched to professional tennis at only 16 years old. Now, it looks like the right choice.
With an aggressive style of play and a very powerful serve, Bianca reminds us somehow of Serena Williams. The only possible handicap would be the height, as she is not very tall at only 1.70 m. On the mental level, she is already at the level of top players, a special thing for her young age. Besides, Bianca practices daily meditation, something that I think will become more and more common in the future, for all tennis players.
It remains to be seen if the 2019 Indian Wells will drive another young player to the world’s first place. Everything is possible, but it also matters how Bianca will deal with the new wave of publicity and attention from the media.