ROME – Bianca Andreescu first Italian Open recently arrived in the quarterfinals against Iga Swiatek, a steamroller disguised as a tennis star.
But even after failing to defend Swiatek’s top names by extending his win to 26 matches, Andreescu still sat in the Roman sun with a smile on his face. on his face.
Defeat at this level does not have the same hard edge that defeat can have at other stages of his career.
“Honestly, I was just fired to get back to that and play it again,” Andreescu said in an interview after the loss, 7-6 (2), 6-0. ” “If I looked at myself a year ago, there was only so much success in the way I was holding back around and I won and I lost. I was just so upset. I wanted to go back. Go back to the court now and work harder or do nothing. “
Andreescu, a 21-year-old Canadian from the Toronto suburbs, is also one of the great talents in tennis, which he made clear in 2019 by winning the US Open women’s title in her First try, beating Serena Williams straight.
Work on the 4th grade next month, it will be No. 72 on Monday but still has a mix of finesse and punching and rarely changes strength and competition. He also has strong legs reminiscent of his role model Kim Clijsters who helped him cover a broken court and create a big time even without the competition of higher men (he was 5 -ko taw-6).
Daniela Hantuchová, an analyst and former five-man referee who testified in court on Friday when Andreescu and Swiatek played for the first time.
“In the first case, Bianca is not far from its highest level,” Hantuhová said. “For me, that’s the best tennis in women’s competition so far. In a way, it’s almost like a protective mirror. They have the same technique. different, but they have their own set of mental points, and tactically they make sure they are trying to do that. “I hope we see this game many times. It’s a good match that will be there.”
But for now, Andreescu, unlike the 20-year-old Swiatek, is only a half-time threat. There have been a number of injuries, concerns over long-term care, and the recent dissatisfaction that has led him to retire his longest hiatus after the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. ., in October 2021, before returning. competition in Stuttgart last month.
She spends her time traveling to work in the community, volunteering at a children’s hospital and staying at a victim home. He went into health care in Costa Rica and focused on developing more mental devices to supplement the visual and emotional work that he, like Swiatek, started when he was working low and has been said to be one of the keys to his precocious, if unrelated, success. .
“After Indian Wells, I was legit, like, did not want to play anymore,” he said. “I do not know if I have acted, but that is what I want now. But now, I’m glad I did not give up, because there is a break Enjoy my time in court more than now, because that is my decision.It is not something external like injury or illness or anything. It was my phone call, and so I felt very strong, and that was a big step in my control of my life and not trusting myself and just enjoying myself just myself.
“During the break, I did everything I loved to do, and I told myself if I came back, I would stay in the same mind. Obviously, I want to be competitive and upset. that I lost for example, but I would also think that I am proud of myself in court and that I have more revival after the fall rather than like getting into my bed and good so cried all. night, which I did last year. “
Andreescu, like his tennis friends Naomi Osaka and some of the most important athletes of their generation, opened up about the stress-related health problems he faced. Three games in his final comeback, Andreescu was clearly in the better position and will go to the French Open with the power of red clay that fits his different game.
He arrived on Friday for an interview with no tape of his body or ice cubes in tow.
“Nothing,” he said. “I only thank my body in particular, because that’s a big problem. But I see myself as a court athlete if I just work hard and work hard. heavy in practice and believe in myself. “
The challenge of the tour – a 10-month trial of endurance and perseverance – is to maintain health and well-being.
His team, led by veteran coach Sven Groeneveld, has focused on keeping him fresh and, according to Andreescu, still calls his bluffs.
“They could call me out without me to defend, and I think it would really help,” he said.
Groeneveld, whose most recent college student last year was now retired Maria Sharapova, refused to speak to Andreescu because they were “too early” in their relationship. But he has a good way to do his job, sitting on the court during the game and writing down the scores of the points along with the main patterns of the game and other points, including the player lapses in concentration.
“He could have written about 10 books with all the books he had written. It was a lot of fun,” Andreescu said.
Andreescu, as Canada’s first and only Grand Slam singles champion, has published a book about him called “Bianca Andreescu: She the North,” published in 2019, and authored a book, Published last year, “Bibi’s Got Game: A Tale of Tennis, Imagination and a Dog called Coco.”
But with the surprise of managing Wimbledon and Australian Open winner Ashleigh Barty earlier this season, the leaders of the women’s event can only hope that Andreescu’s basketball story can only begin .
It’s a blind game that seemed obvious to Hantuchová and others who watched the opening on Friday before Swiatek kicked in the glass that Andreescu was not ready to match, at least not yet. .
“It’s got some trust from the first time,” Andreescu said. “I tried to tighten up, but at least in the second I lost by a finger. But it was at 25-well, well into 26 now, for some reason. “