‘I’m going to keep striving’ – 2019 US Open champ Andreescu on new goals, Drake connection

Andreescu first outlasted an injured Williams at home in the Rogers Cup final, and shared a memorable conversation that continued after they faced off on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“We had a really nice moment in the locker room. She actually came up to me after the match, which I really appreciate. She said some really nice things, that I’m going to be a very good tennis player, and a bunch of other things. I would rather keep them private, and I’m sure she’d appreciate that as well. Above all, she’s such a kind person and hopefully we can see much more of her.”

The tennis world, but particularly the Canadian public, is eager to see Andreescu, who has admittedly gotten little sleep since hoisting the trophy on Saturday, back on court as well. The 19-year-old aims to qualify for the Shieseido WTA Finals Shenzhen and make her debut in the Top 3 on the WTA rankings, and believes the outside attention – which has already generated a popular #SheTheNorth hashtag – does little more than propel her meteoric rise even higher.

“There’s always going to be external pressure; I’m sure Canada wants me to do very well, but most importantly, I want to do well. That pressure honestly helps me. I got a chance to speak to Billie Jean King, and we were talking about her quote, ‘Pressure is a privilege’ and I really think it is. It motivates me. I think I’m a perfectionist, so if I step on the court, and do my best, that’s all that matters to me.”