Bianca Andreescu says after beating Serena Williams in the US Open final on Saturday, she wants to carve her own legacy in tennis.
The Canadian adolescent upset Williams in her Grand Slam final appearance to win first big with an impressive 6-3 success in Flushing Meadows.
The 19-year-old denied Williams a record-equalling 24th significant title, meaning she has now dropped four consecutive Grand Slam finals.
When Williams won the 1999 US Open, andreescu, who was not even born, said that although the American was an inspiration because of her career, she would like to create her own legacy.
“I’m sure I’m not the only man that has looked up to her. She is an inspiration to many people, not just athletes. What she’s done off the courtroom, too. She is truly a champion. Most importantly, she.
“She came to me at the locker room, she said some really pleasant things, which I will cherish for a really, really long time,” Andreescu said about the 38-year-old.
“I have actually strived to be like her,” Andreescu responded when asked about the similarity in their own playing style.
“Who knows? Perhaps I can be even better.
“We prefer to keep the points short using our competitive game style. We love to use our function to our benefit. I believe we fight really, really tough.”
“But in the identical time, I want to create a name for myself”
Williams admitted her frustration after dropping finals on Arthur Ashe but insisted she is not completely fixated on the elusive record of 24 titles of Margaret Court.
“I am not necessarily pursuing a listing. I’m just hoping to win Grand Slams. It’s definitely frustrating, you know,” Williams said.
“I honestly didn’t play my best today. I might have played . That’s the only solace that I can take at the moment.
“I feel as though, in 20 years, I will be like,’Wow, that wasn’t so bad’.
“It’s extremely hard right now at the minute to, for example, consider this and say,’It didn’t work out for you today’. It is really hard right now to take that moment in and to say,’You did OK,’ because I do not believe I did”.
“All of it honestly, really is super irritating. I’m, like, so close, so close, so near, yet so far away.
“I do not know what to say. I guess I’ve got to keep going if I need to be an expert tennis player. And I have just got to keep fighting through it.”
“I think I could have played much better. I believe I might have done . I think I might have just been more Serena today.
“I frankly don’t believe Serena showed up. I must kind of figure out how to get her to appear at Grand Slam finals.”