“I've been visualising it almost every single day“
But Andreescu is no ordinary human being. This is a woman who has always believed she belongs on the biggest stages, taking on the best players. Aggressive and fearless, she lets her emotions out on court and plays, and speaks, as if she was born for grand slam finals.
And so, on a warm afternoon in New York, Andreescu proved it, with a victory that showed what she is made of.
When she led 6-3, 5-1, the match looked over, but Williams hit back to 5-5 and Andreescu was rattled, cupping her ear to the crowd and at times, struggling to hear herself think.
But that’s when her mettle shone through. Having held serve for 6-5, she ripped a Williams second serve down the line for the winner to clinch the title. There was no collapse onto the court. Andreescu simply stood, hands covering her face, before a quick fist pump. She had always known she was capable of this, and she had done it.
Unlikely to be the last
“This wasn't the only time I visualized playing in the finals actually against Serena Williams. It's so crazy, man” Andreescu said. “I've been dreaming of this moment for the longest time. Like I said after I won the Orange Bowl, a couple months after, I really believed that I could be at this stage. Since then, honestly, I've been visualising it almost every single day. For it to become a reality is just so crazy. I guess these visualizations really, really work.”