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By Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
A 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu composed herself a bogus cheque.
That cheque was a mock-up of this one awarded into the US Open champion.
But after beating the amazing Serena Williams 6-3 7-5 at Saturday’s compelling closing, the composed Canadian is ready to money a real one value roughly #3.1m.
“I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the very best period,” the 19-year-old stated of winning her first Grand Slam title, wiping away tears as the size of what she had just attained finally hit.
“For this to become a fact is crazy.”
Crazy is one that has cropped up in her chats with all the media within the last few days and a word which Andreescu, like many teens uses to explain situations that are unexpected.
Not without reason.
Struggling with injury and twelve months ago, she lost in the first round of qualifying in Flushing Meadows and has been ranked in the entire world outside of the top 200.
But she’s turned into among the very talked-about young players on the planet following a rise this year.
Maria and andreescu, whose Romanian parents Nicu emigrated to Canada in the 1990s , had played with tour-level matches .
Ever since that time she’s won prestigious WTA Premier titles in Indian Wells and Toronto, rising to 15th on the planet consequently and raking in 1.79m of her #1.97m career prize money.
Now the gains are even higher after getting a Grand Slam champion: she’ll rise to fifth in the world, take home a winning prize of #3.13m and, certainly, become a face recognized by many beyond these parameters of Canada and tennis.
“I never actually thought of being famous. I’m not complaining though,” she smiled.
“My goals are to win as many Grand Slams as you can, become number one on the planet. But the notion of fame not crossed my own mind.
“It has been a crazy ride this season. I can get used to the sense .”
Along with the prize money? “Don’t ask me that because I have no clue. I have never held that money in my life!”
Succumbing to the trappings of wealth and fame at a young age looks unlikely for the adolescent, that has been cultivated mum, an engineer, and by dad Nicu Maria, also a chief compliance officer for a fund firm.
Maria herself has come to be a favorite figure, particularly among social media consumers, thanks to her striking look fashion statements and since she brings Coco to sit during games.
Andreescu, an only child, describes her as”the coolest person I know and also my role model”.
She has her mother to thank for helping develop the resilience which as Williams threatened to spoil her fantasies she needed to block a passionate home crowd at Flushing Meadows.
“I started meditating and visualising ever since I was 12 or 13 when my mum introduced me, and that I understand it was not such a big thing back then, but now it is getting more popular because I think if you’re able to restrain your mind, then you’re able to control a great deal of stuff,” she explained.
“I think that is what’s been working well for me personally. I just kept doing that.
“When I’m on the court in front of these big stages, I am really good at simply blocking everything and remaining in the zone.”
Belief is not she struts along with her mind constantly up – about the Arthur Ashe Stadium that is cavernous, even in her very first Grand Slam final – around the court.
And that optimism exudes in as having a killer forehand currently ranked among the best in the game, as well a marvellous all-purpose game which has the variety to pull against enemies apart.
Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion rated as the greatest female player in history, couldn’t deal with the adolescent’s consistent thickness as she had been hustled from a record-equalling leading.
“I feel like Bianca plays well under pressure. She moves out and she plays tough,” the 37-year-old said.
“She’s what she does , and that is move up to the ball, that is hit winners, so that’s play a ton of intensity”
Andreescu had earned six wins over top-10 gamers this year – Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Angelique Kerber (double ), Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova – entering Saturday’s final.
And Williams, that she led from their Rogers Cup final in Toronto last month before the American retired with a back injury, became the new victim.
This means Andreescu has won 14 straight games and an 45 of her 49 games this season.
She is the first teenager to raise Grand Slam singles title since Maria Sharapova won the 2006 US Open aged 19 and matched Monica Seles’ list of winning a major in the Open era on her fourth appearance in a Grand Slam main attraction.
A dream-like season has not been without its own challenges Even though Andreescu’s increase has been rapid.
She even missed a sizable chunk of this year after suffering a shoulder injury at the Miami Open at March which, after an ill-judged attempt to perform the French Open, forced her to miss the entire grass-court swing, making her swift ascent and formidable winning record even more remarkable.
“It is definitely a practice of existence. You’re never going to have ups all of the time,” she explained.
“So I believe in these moments, you only need to deal with it the best that you possibly can, and that’s to keep fighting to your fantasies and just stay as stubborn and persevere as far as possible.
“I know in those minutes you feel as though you can not.
“However, if you think that there are good times beforehand, then these tough moments are certainly well worth it. I think that it assembles you as a personality.
“I believe everyone ought to go through it because it just makes you stronger”
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