“Like my first three qualies matches I was killing it, like at the other site (in Roehampton). I go to the main site, and I completely froze, like I remember I could not put a forehand on the court.
“So looking back at that, and finally getting a win here in the main draw means a lot to me. That was like five years ago.
“It was my first Grand Slam too. I didn't really think I would really do anything, but now I have bigger dreams.”
It’s nice to see the 22-year-old Canadian back on court and dreaming big again. There was a time not too long ago where she was contemplating her future in the sport.
A much-needed break
The 2019 US Open champion has so far had a roller coaster career, plagued by injuries that repeatedly interrupted her progress.
Her sudden breakthrough as a teenager winning Indian Wells, Toronto and a maiden Grand Slam in New York, all in one year, was a lot to digest; and her physical struggles made it difficult to gain any sense of continuity on tour.
She admittedly put too much pressure on herself and by the end of last season, she realised she had to take an extended break to address some mental health concerns.
During her five months away from the tour (she returned in April 2022), Andreescu went on a soul-searching journey to figure out why she was playing tennis to begin with.