Been a goal of mine to inspire Canadian athletes: US Open champion Bianca Andreescu

first_img Reuters New YorkSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 10:18 IST ReutersHIGHLIGHTSBianca Andreescu had failed to qualify for the US Open only a year agoAndreescu had never made it past round 2 of a Grand Slam before her triumph at Flushing MeadowsAndreescu had dropped only two sets in the entire tournamentSo new is Bianca Andreescu to the Grand Slam stage that after beating Serena Williams to win the US Open on Saturday, a tournament official had to show her which side of the trophy was the front.The moment marked the end of a remarkable run for the 19-year-old Canadian, who a year ago had failed to qualify for the tournament but has gone on to become the sport’s brightest young star.”Last year wasn’t an easy period in my life, I was going through a lot with injuries,” said Andreescu.”I just kept believing in myself I kept working hard and I just kept that momentum and confidence.”Despite having never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam, Andreescu arrived at Flushing Meadows with many expecting big things from her.”You’re never going to have ups all the time,” said Andreescu after the match.”So I think in those moments, you just have to deal with it the best that you can, which is to just keep fighting for your dreams and just stay as persistent and persevere as much as you can.”I think it builds you as a character.”Dropping only two sets in the entire tournament, the tenacious, power-hitting Andreescu barrelled through the competition at Flushing Meadows, showing no sign of a slowdown from a blockbuster summer that included wins at Toronto and Indian Wells.”I don’t think I’ve lost a match since March, so my confidence is sky-rocketing right now,” Andreescu told reporters. “I just don’t want to take anything for granted because there’s going to be weeks where you’re going to lose. So right now I’m just on cloud nine.”advertisementEnding 2018 with a year-end ranking of 178, she had rocketed to 15th when she arrived at the year’s final major, a meteoric rise that stunned even her coach.”When I play my game I think nobody really likes that because I play a lot different than other players on tour,” Andreescu said. “I like to change up the rhythm and I’ve always been like that and I just kept improving it.”Andreescu, who said she is a voracious reader of Tony Robbins and other self-help authors, acknowledged that much of her improvement had come from developing mental discipline.”I don’t think I was ever as composed as I am now, or even a year ago,” said Andreescu. “I would get really down on myself and I would get very negative thoughts going through my mind.”I would smash racquets. I’d just yell at myself during matches.”Her surge into the game’s elite culminated on Saturday with a 6-3 7-5 victory over 23-times Grand Slam singles champion Williams.And the upstart said she is not planning on slowing down any time soon.”I love this feeling way too much,” Andreescu said in a televised interview after the match, as her loyal Canadian fanbase cheered behind her on the plaza outside Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I’m really looking forward to what I can do in many years to come.”I’ve said this many, many times before. I’m going to say it again: It’s been a goal of mine to inspire many people, especially Canadian athletes.”I think that this win will hopefully do that, not only this win but just what I’ve accomplished this past year because so many Canadian athletes have paved the way for me when I was young,” said Andreescu.Also Read | Who is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena WilliamsAlso Read | Canadians embrace #SheTheNorth after Bianca Andreescu’s US Open 2019 winAlso Read | It’s super frustrating: Serena Williams on losing 4 Grand Slam finals since comebackAlso Read | That’s so Canadian: Bianca apologizes to crowd after stunning Serena in US Open finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Bianca AndreescuFollow US OpenFollow Serena Williams Been a goal of mine to inspire Canadian athletes: US Open champion Bianca AndreescuBianca Andreescu’s surge into the game’s elite culminated on Saturday with a 6-3 7-5 victory over 23-times Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams in the US Open women’s singles final.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

SLFP admits party split as some back the UNP

However he noted that there are now several SLFP-UNPers in the Government as they are backing UNP policies. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today admitted that there is a split in the party as some members are now supporting the United National Party (UNP).SLFP member and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said that those who are supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are not attempting to divide the SLFP. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today, Alahapperuma said that a mass rally held in Matara last week was not held with the intention of creating a split in the SLFP. Dullas Alahapperuma also accused former President Chandrika Kumaratunga of attempting to split the SLFP and UPFA.He said that her actions in recent times have made clear she will do anything to ensure the SLFP is destroyed despite being an SLFP member herself.The UPFA MP, meanwhile said that the joint opposition will push for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to be debated in Parliament soon. He said that the purpose of the rally was to draw attention on the Government and ensure it is defeated at the next election.He also questioned as to why some media had not reported on the Matara rally and also accused the Government of attempting to disrupt the rally through various means. He said that if any opposition member who signed the no-confidence motion decides at the last moment to vote against it or abstain, then that would be one of the greatest betrayals they would be committing in Sri Lanka’s recent political history. (Colombo Gazette) read more