NEW YORK | It was known that Bianca Andreescu had a bright future in tennis. Her win at the Rogers Cup in Toronto confirmed that she was part of the elite of her sport, so many consider her among the favorites to win the US Open. Flattering, of course, these prognoses must however be managed with caution internally, says the coach of the Canadian, Sylvain Bruneau.
The rise of the young Canadian, who is listed Thursday 15th in the world rankings, obviously comes with more and more expectations.
"You have to be careful, but tempered Bruneau. Of course, her win in Indian Wells, then the win in Toronto, makes people think she can win here. On our side, we try not to embark on this game. We continue to do what we have done so far. When we got to Indian Wells or Toronto, we did not talk about winning the tournament. That does not mean that we did not believe in his chances, but we go match by match. "
For her part, Andreescu ensures that she does not feel any difference as the tournaments approach, now that she is expected to walk a little further each time.
"I get on the court and I give the best I have during this day. For me, that's all that matters. Obviously, I want to win and it's nice to know that people believe in my chances of winning this tournament. It gives me confidence. "
Expectations are also created by greater media coverage, it goes together. The more we talk about it for the right reasons, the more the expectations rise.
As is the case for each of the players who are rapidly climbing the tennis hierarchy, there is an adjustment to be made to the Andreescu clan to properly manage the number of requests.
"There are more requests and more attention around her. The energy it requires is not the same as it was a year ago, it does not even compare. It's another world and you have to deal with it. Bianca is serene in there and she understands the situation. I think she will stay both feet on the ground, "adds the coach.
After defeating American Katie Volynets in the first round on Tuesday, Andreescu will resume action Thursday to cross the line with the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.
After the match, she mentioned feeling 100% physically. Good news considering everything she had to go through because of her shoulder injury a few months ago.
After the Rogers Cup, she took a break to make sure she was 100% at Flushing Meadows, making a cross at the Cincinnati tournament.
"She really took a full break for five days after Toronto. She needed it on the physical plane. Then we started again very slowly. Then, we arrived Wednesday (August 20) in New York and we worked in service, in return and almost in each department of the game in which we had a specific goal, "adds Bruneau.
Andreescu was scheduled to play in doubles Wednesday with his partner and compatriot Sharon Fichman, but the duet matches were canceled due to rain and should in principle be resumed Thursday.
SHAPOVALOV AND POSPISIL ALSO
Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil will also be in action at Flushing Meadows.
After defeating his friend Felix Auger-Aliassime more than convincingly in three rounds on Tuesday night, "Shapo" will now face Henri Laaksonen, the 119th player in the world.
The two rackets never clashed on the ATP circuit.
As for Pospisil, it will try to continue its momentum after having caused one of the biggest surprises of the first round on Tuesday, by eliminating the 9th world player, the Russian Karen Khachanov. He will face American Tennys Sandgren.
"Tennys is a tough guy. He plays well and is in excellent physical condition. He also has good results at Grand Slam tournaments. It will be a big challenge for me, "commented Pospisil.