Bianca Andreescu eyes return to court at Beijing Open later this month
U.S. Open, Rogers Cup champion also hopeful of qualifying for WTA Finals, says coach
Bianca Andreescu's 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 Tour's 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.
"This is the start of what she says she wants to be able to accomplish, so if it's only the start [that means] you're nowhere close to where you want to go or where you want to be, you're just going in the right direction," he said.
"If this is your mentality, then back to work."
Andreescu's 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.
Taking in achievement 'right thing to do'
Bruneau said he didn't anticipate any major changes to Andreescu's routine or her team going forward.
But some changes are inevitable, he acknowledged. Rather than coming in an underdog, she'll be a "target" of other players on the tour, with a bigger fan reaction to match.
There's also the money, the endorsements, the attention, the pressure — all things that can be difficult for a teen to manage.
Bruneau acknowledged the possibility for distraction, but said Andreescu's own drive, as well as her family, were key to keeping her grounded.
"She needs to understand it's OK to celebrate for a few days and take it in, I think she needs to and it's the right thing to do, but then you have to move on and go about business the same way you've been doing from the beginning," he said.
Toronto media day Wednesday
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.
She will meet the media in Toronto on Wednesday before beginning training for the Beijing Open, which is part of the sport's top level of events below Grand Slams like the U.S. Open. Beijing is one of four Premier Mandatory tournaments on schedule.
Bruneau says Andreescu also hopes to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals, Oct. 27-Nov. 3 in Shenzhen, China.
Andreescu is fourth in the standings for the Finals. The top eight qualify for the event. Serena is fifth, so there's the possibility of a rematch of the U.S. Open final.
With files from CBC Sports