Andreescu urges profitable younger gamers to stay grateful

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Oct 5 (Reuters) – Bianca Andreescu stated younger gamers who obtain success ought to stay grateful since you by no means know what lies forward, a reality the oft-injured 2019 U.S. Open champion is all too aware of.

The hard-hitting Canadian introduced herself as a drive within the sport when, at 19-years-old, she defeated Serena Williams within the last at Flushing Meadows.

Soon after that triumph she confronted a variety of irritating harm setbacks, however has since put collectively a stable season, highlighted by a run to the fourth spherical in New York final month.

“Always remain grateful, even if you’re having huge success, because it can all be taken away from you in a split second,” Andreescu advised reporters forward of the beginning of the match in Indian Wells, which she additionally received in 2019.

“For me, it was being injured right after (winning the U.S. Open). That was really hard for me. I felt like I didn’t savor it as much. That’s one thing that I learned now that I wish I did back then.”

Women’s tennis has seen a bevy of rising younger stars together with 18-year-old U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu and fellow youngsters Leylah Fernandez and Coco Gauff.

Andreescu stated staying grounded is essential.

“Don’t let it go too much to your head,” she stated.

“Stay confident, obviously, but don’t become stuck up. Stay humble, remain grateful and continue to work hard because as everyone says, it’s easy to get to the top. But staying at the top, that’s the hardest part.”

Andreescu stated she has wanted to be taught to cease dwelling on her personal previous successes to show the web page.

“The main thing this year for me was to stop looking in the past because that’s what I was doing a lot and that’s what was ruining me,” she stated.

“I would always say, ‘Oh I want to play like I did back in 2019. Why am I not playing like I used to?'” she stated.

“But I had to switch that mindset and start focusing on the present moment, because the past is the past.”

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Lincoln Feast

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - June 30, 2021 Canada's Bianca Andreescu in action during her first round match against France's Alize Cornet Pool via REUTERS/Aeltc/simon Bruty/File Photo