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Bianca Andreescu calls out Drake for not congratulating her on U.S. Open win
MONTREAL — Bianca Andreescus coach says his star player is heading right back to work after her historic win in the U.S. Open.

After a few days off to celebrate, the 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont. will resume training next week with the goal of playing one tournament during the WTA Tours Asian swing — with the Beijing Open, Sept. 28-Oct. 6, as the target, her coach said Tuesday.

Sylvain Bruneau told reporters in Montreal that Andreescu has made it clear that she has no intention of stopping after her win over Serena Williams in New York.

“There are three or four areas where you can warm up and we used the same one for every match,” said Bruneau, who has been Andreescu’s personal coach since last spring. “Before the final, we learned that Serena used the same area. One member of the team said she was going to tell Bianca and ask her if she wanted to warm up in another area, but I said no. We were going to keep to our schedule and not let her think about intimidation.”

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"This is the start of what she says she wants to be able to accomplish, so if its only the start (that means) youre nowhere close to where you want to go or where you want to be, youre just going in the right direction," he said.

Andreescu has had a magical season, with titles at Indian Wells, Calif., and Toronto before the U.S. Open. She has a 46-4 record on the year and has more than US$6 million in official earnings with the potential to add millions in endorsement deals. The Copper Branch vegetarian restaurant chain got a bargain when they signed her to a one-year deal worth $50,000.

Andreescus dream season has sent her skyrocketing in the rankings, from outside the top 150 at the end of last year to cracking the top five on Monday.

Bruneau said he didnt anticipate any major changes to Andreescus routine or her team going forward.

But some changes are inevitable, he acknowledged. Rather than coming in an underdog, shell be a "target" of other players on the tour, with a bigger fan reaction to match.

While shes well within striking distance of a place in the Top 3, standing alone at the top isnt completely out of the question. There are still three big events remaining in the WTA tennis calendar to earn significant points, and considering Andreescu didnt play any of those events last year, she can only gain the rest of the way here.

Theres also the money, the endorsements, the attention, the pressure — all things that can be difficult for a 19-year-old to manage.

Ashleigh Bartys 1700 point lead is a lot, but theres 3400 points at stake across the Wuhan Open, China Open and the crucial WTA Finals in late October. With the first of those three tournaments beginning Sept. 22, one thing Andreescu will have to keep in mind is her health.

Bruneau acknowledged the possibility for distraction, but said Andreescus own drive, as well as her family, were key to keeping her grounded.

"She needs to understand its OK to celebrate for a few days and take it in, I think she needs to and its the right thing to do, but then you have to move on and go about business the same way youve been doing from the beginning," he said.

The win at Indian Wells, Andreescu said, took a “couple of weeks to sink in.” And winning her home tournament at Toronto, straight off a long injury layoff, took “a couple of days.” She joked that she hoped it would take just a day to get used to her victory at the US Open.

On Saturday, Andreescu stunned the crowd in New York by beating Williams 6-3, 7-5 to become the first Canadian player to win a Grand Slam singles title.

“My confidence is skyrocketing right now,” she told a small group of journalists following her victory at Flushing Meadows. “I just dont want to take anything for granted because theres going to be weeks where youre going to lose.”

The speed of her success has surprised even Bruneau, who has coached Andreescu full-time since 2018. But he said her confidence began to build with some successes in smaller tournaments early in the season, and "snowballed" throughout the season.

“Just play my game,” Andreescu said, referring to the arsenal of power, spin, and touch she uses on court. “When I play my game, I think nobody really likes it, because I play a lot different than other players on tour.”

"I tried to get her to believe there was no limit to what she could do, and I think at one point she started to believe that," he said.

That confidence was crucial to beating the legendary Williams, a player who has been winning major titles since before Andreescu was born.

The 2019 season continues to give, bestowing another first-time Grand Slam winner. Bianca Andreescu shocked Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to capture her first US Open trophy and is the first Canadian singles player to win a major.

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On Tuesday, Bruneau recalled how Andreescus self-assurance was put to the test backstage about half an hour before the match was about to start, when Williams entered and began warming up in the same spot Andreescu had favoured all tournament.

Shes come a long, long way in just 12 months. She lost in the US Open first round of qualifying in 2018, but is now the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova won the US Open in 2006.

While some members of Andreescus team wanted to ask her if she wanted to move, Bruneau was adamant that she stick to her spot, and the two warmed up side-by-side.

With the victory, Andreescu jumps into the Top 5. Serena has lost each of her last four Grand Slam finals, all in the hope of typing Margaret Courts 24 Grand Slam singles titles record. 

"We spent a lot of time making sure she was not going to be intimidated, so were not going to start right before the match to give her the spot for warmup," he said. In the end, he believes it made a difference.

In a match that was very reminiscent of a younger Serena, Andreescu controlled the match from the baseline, employing powerful ground strokes and taking advantage with her first serve.

"Serena, theres an aura around her," Bruneau said. "Honestly, shes a legend. But you cannot back off."

“Canada has had a lot of players who have been raised with a kind of a mentality, humility, resiliency and fortitude without a lot of spotlight put on them too early. That’s probably made it possible for them to develop and really enjoy the sport before the sport is ruined for them from external things,” she said. “I’m not too surprised, but I am very pleased all the same. I didn’t know it would happen so soon.”

While the team had originally planned an earlier return to play, Bruneau said Andreescus schedule was changed to give her more time to recover and "come down" from her U.S. Open high.

“I think you’ll see enrollment probably go up,” he said. “It’s not just Bianca (Andreescu), but Dennis (Shapovalov) is doing really well, and Felix (Auger-Aliassime) is doing really well, so I think Canadian tennis is on the rise. You’re going to see a lot of people playing more and more.”

She will meet the media in Toronto on Wednesday before beginning training for the Beijing Open, which is part of the sports top level of events below Grand Slams like the U.S. Open. Beijing is one of four Premier Mandatory tournaments on schedule.

“It puts it into perspective that there’s no reason why other children around that age can’t do what she’s doing — it just takes a lot of hard work and determination,” Preciado said. “Certainly, I think it’s really inspiring both for boys and girls.”

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Bruneau says Andreescu also hopes to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals, Oct. 27-Nov. 3 in Shenzhen, China.

“What this really means is even players from the prairie provinces now have that opportunity without making a huge, huge family sacrifice where you completely uproot your family, to go and actually get the best training available in the country,” she said.

Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the United States, in the womens singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in New York. (AP / Adam Hunger)

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As part of her whirlwind post-history-making-US Open-win media tour, Canada's first Grand Slam champion, Bianca Andreescu, told The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon that she's heard from just about everyone in Canada, from music icon Shania Twain to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and even basketball legend Steve Nash: 

Following Saturdays upset of Serena Williams, all sorts of high-profile Canadians reached out to congratulate the teen sensation. But there was one notable absence: Drake.

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Drizzy… Champagne Papi Im waiting for you, Andreescu revealed during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

In the above clip, when asked if there was anyone the 19-year-old hadn't heard from, she immediately pointed to the music star: "Drizzy. Champagnepapi, I'm waiting for you!"

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There are a couple reasonable explanations that come to mind as to why the Toronto rapper may not have offered a salute.

16: Age Bianca was when she wrote herself a pretend cheque for winning the U.S. Open. She said visualizing the win has helped her achieve her dreams. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long time,” she said after her win.

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1) Drake has publicly supported Williams dating back to 2011. The two also had a romantic relationship in 2015. Perhaps the Grammy winner didnt want to ruffle any feathers by showing love to Andreescu, who has now won two titles at Williams expense.

See that elastic around her arm? Andreescu wears one for every match. Here she’s hitting a return at the quarterfinals match of the U.S. Open on Sept. 4. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

2) Drake has been recovering from the Toronto Raptors championship summer and simply doesnt have enough left in the tank for another epic celebration. Although the opportunity of bringing Andreescu and the U.S. Open trophy on stage at a concert like he famously did with the Larry OB seems too good to pass up.

Whatever the reason for the silence, the ball is firmly in your court, Drake. Dont keep Canadas new queen waiting.

Video: Bianca Andreescu on Good Morning America, Jimmy Fallon and more!