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Andreescu has superhuman, magical powers

Bianca Andreescu accomplished something yesterday at the Canadian Open in Toronto that has never been done before in history. I’m not talking about a teenager from Canada winning the Open or beating a supreme legend in the final.

No, Andreescu did something even more wondrous and awe-inspiring after the contest concluded.

Moments after the match, after Serena Williams retired due to a supposed back injury while trailing Andreescu 3-1, the veteran sports icon was sitting in her chair crying. Andreescu went over to visit her conquest, kneeled down in front of Williams, touched her knees and attentively communicated with her verbally and with her eyes.

In just seconds, the distraught Serena suddenly began laughing and smiling away her painful sobbing. Andreescu somehow showed she has the magical powers via her words and communication skills, to manipulate Serena’s emotions and turn them from a negative into a positive. A mere 19 year old accomplished this with a 37 year old all time queen of the sport.

The ability to take Serena from agony to joy with just a few words is undoubtedly a rare special talent that Andreescu possesses, along with her many other tennis skills.

Bianca Andreescu showed yesterday in so many ways she is an extraordinary personality and champion, and it’s only the beginning of a fresh new unique reign the tennis world is avidly excited to witness.

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  • Dan Markowitz · August 12, 2019 at 8:49 am

    She called Serena a friggin’ or something “beast.” I found that shocking. I mean does Andreescu even know Serena. She could’ve called her a great champion, but she called her a beast. That was whack.

  • catherine · August 12, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I don’t think Serena would mind. She’d probably take it as a compliment.

    It’s nice to hear a woman player come out with some natural language and not just the usual treacly stuff.

    If Bianca didn’t know Serena before (and why should she ?) I imagine she does now.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Serena is a beast on the court, can’t deny that Dan. She is the ultimate prototype for exemplifying “beast mode.” If Serena does not like that characterization then she should compete in a different manner.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Everybody knows Serena, we have all seen her play hundreds of times since she was a teenager, we know her more than some of our own extended family members. The world knows Serena and so to does Andreescu and all female tennis players who are inspired and awed by her career of success. No player exemplifies “beast mode” on a tennis court than Serena Williams. Whether Andreescu was intentionally trying to jab Serena with that word or paying her a high compliment is open to debate.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Dan when a woman acts like a beast on the court and competes like a beast, it’s only natural she’s gonna be compared to a beast. IF Serena does not like that description well then she should change her competitive nature and emulate Evert, Hingis, Graf or Ashe.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Met both Serena, Venus, as well as many relatives. They are very genuine and nice one on one. On court? Gosh at champions level these folks are no different than Connors, Federer, Lendl, Navratilova…

    I’m not saying it’s a war out there in the court, because of course that’s much more serious. But I can say tennis is a gladiator sport. And gladiators do what gladiators do.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Evert? C’mon as Hewitt would say. Evert was no holds barred out there. It’s why she’s no holds barred as an analyst.

    Evert doesn’t give compliments unless merited or anything. These players aren’t sweet and nice during matches. Sorry. And at that level when points are played they will never be that way, ever.

  • Hartt · August 12, 2019 at 9:48 am

    For goodness sake, Bianca meant it as a compliment. Does everything have to be taken so literally?

    As far as knowing Serena, Bianca said she knows everything about her. She knew that Serena has the same heart tattoo that Bianca has, but Serena’s is on her back. I know a lot about Serena, having read biographies and autobiographies in addition to countless articles and watching dozens of matches. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Bianca is well acquainted with a tennis player who was one of Bianca’s idols when she was young (or in Bianca’s case, younger).

  • catherine · August 12, 2019 at 10:27 am

    As Andrew says – Evert was no holds barred even though it wasn’t always obvious.

    I’ve quoted this before – Chris was the one who opined, in her post match interview after beating Hana Mandlikova, that Hana didn’t deserve to win Wimbledon: ‘She didn’t use her head out there. She played sloppy.’ No insincere compliments from Chris.

    Hartt – I do so agree. What a storm in a teacup 🙂

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Maybe this is the double standard at work again. Some expectation all wta players are friends and everyone’s lovely and no they play a competitive sport as buddies and go and have Thai food and reminisce with pina coladas afterwards.

    Wow. That’s not pro tennis. There should be camaraderie but not everyone gets along (Serena and Wozniacki were friends I think?). Evert is about as forceful as Navratilova out there – she isn’t charitable and she would write op-eds that criticize players. She’d also admit when she was mistaken, which is big of Evert.

    But to say these players aren’t critical give me a break. As for Andreescu description gosh, Serena’s so tough on the court! Call her a raging lion! She is!

    You don’t win twenty plus slams as a sweet gentle competitor. These players are cap C competitive. From Evert on down.

    The ones that aren’t see their rankings dissolve. Check out Bouchard. Competitive fire is extinguished. It went on holiday for half a decade now.

  • catherine · August 12, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Andrew – a lot of that cosy stuff is PR from the WTA. But it is the double standard. Women players are supposed to all like each other and if they don’t they get all kinds of **** thrown at them. Doesn’t apply to men, who can behave normally, admit they aren’t all buddies and that’s totally acceptable.

    Chris and Martina are always being cited as great friends etc but when they were competing they weren’t that close, except maybe early on. They led totally separate social lives. So that was a myth.

    Serena and Woz are good friends – they attended each others’ weddings, in fact I think Caro was the only current player at Serena’s wedding, or the only one mentioned.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Catherine, must be the double standard. I do think the handshakes at net are more frigid then I tend to see in the ATP tour, but whatever.

    The whole sweet niceness thing, ugh. Some players are rumored to be generally very nice and cordial, and reporters say this too – some are better for a quote or interesting to speak with. But to expect competitors to be buddies?

    Here’s one – the big three men’s players DO NOT HANG OUT. At all. They attend the same events and share a stage, and that’s it. Maybe play a celebrity doubles or real doubles event together. Nothing more.

    Apparently a bunch of top players didn’t like each other until they knew one another a little better and something like mutual respect formed. They have to be really a lot older to be able to look back and think wow we did some great things and have great matches.

    That requires a lot of distance and to be removed from active competitor status for a long time. Evert and Navratilova share a stage like you said or maybe a booth to comment on a match. And get along fine there.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 11:18 am

    It’s like hockey enforcers and goons in the 70s 80s. They were beasts on the ice but sweethearts off ice.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Hartt, agree but it could have been a clever backhanded compliment, the clever thing is we will never know. Clever bibi called Serena a beast and got away with it. This girl is clevah.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Serena likes wozniacki because she knows she can never beat her?

  • Harold · August 12, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Beasts dont cry like babies!. My first thought, seeing no apparent reason for the injury timeout, was she was going to play the Mommy card. Little O, had a cold and she couldnt bear to be away..thats what happens when youre a drama queen..

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Say it until I’m blue in the face. Serena’s nice, just not at press conferences and not during matches.

    I went to an academy where the Williams trained. People there were so jealous of them, believed their kids were better players (newsflash: their kids didn’t stand a candle. I watched the Williams play and practice, and after seeing about two balls hit I knew they were way better than anyone at the academy and anyone that would ever enroll there!).

    So when it comes to friends etc, listen that’s the tennis world. It’s insular. It has a lot of people with a lot of interests. The players are pretty guarded.

    Bouchard was roundly criticized for saying it’s hard to make friends on tour etc etc. Guess what. She’s right. People hated her because she said that she doesn’t expect to make friends on tour. When I saw her hit for the first time, Mladenovic was jumping up and down to hit a few service winners on Bouchard. Running up to her coach, amazed she blasted a few winners…in practice.

    After that practice a reporter learned that Bouchard was upset that her male hitting partners were awful – she didn’t have a regular male sparring partner and had to rely on whoever the tournament could get her. The reporter was really critical and said well this is what you get for not practicing with other wta players. I thought, what? Didn’t the reporter know Bouchard had practiced the day before with three other wta players at least, one of which was jumping up and down after winning a few service points?

    Players figure out who they like and don’t like. And if all of us were on tour, how different would that be?

    These expectations are terrible.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Last from me on this. Bouchard obviously decided better to be loved than feared. But how’s that really gone for her? Is the social media empire that much better than soaking in the applause at Wimbledon? Was the trade-off worth it?

    I bet from the money standpoint yes. The attention side, probably yes. The Kournikova here I come point of view wish I were a better dubs player like you, yes.

    But being in the hunt for a world shattering slam title?

    In heart of hearts, my guess is “no”. My guess is the attention is a consolation prize and the money is very welcome as Bouchard can rest easy on that front. But I’d guess Bouchard would LOVE to have joined the All England club as a champion.

    Who wouldn’t.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Serena and Wozniacki get along. Who cares why. Again, Djokovic and Nadal aren’t having BBQs at each other’s homes. We can’t expect cutthroat players will either. Even NBA players are better friends. The NBA isn’t a gladiator sport.

    Tennis and Boxing are.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Harold, as you said, Serena was serving well. Why not an injury timeout and a back rub massage? Raonic tried it. sometimes it works. My view is Serena tested the waters and learned Andreescu is a monster right now and she knew she can’t hang with her. So her ego fabricated an excuse to bale out and she turned on the water works to prevent another possible Indian Wells fiasco. Just a theory. Most importantly, Andreescu learned she has no problem with the Serena game and now owns the mental edge.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Beasts do cry like babies. The Lion in wiard of oz. Federer after some of his losses and wins. Murray in Citi Open last year. Sampras on court after losing to Bastl at Wimbledon. Buster Douglas after be beat Mike Tyson by knockout during TV interview with Larry Merchant… yes beasts do cry.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Nadal was crying after 2007 Wimbledon final loss! Sobbing! Toni Nadal told him to stop.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Andrew, another factor in Bouchard’s plummet to mediocrity is she has lost the belief she can win majors, like Tomic admitted. I believe she gave it one last hard push of super dedicated training this offeason with Michael Joyce and she was determined to try to do her very best. She looked super serious and very good in the Hawaii exo in late December but she lost that final to Mertens. In Aukland she won two rounds and then lost 76 in the third to Georges. That killed her. She then beat Peng Shuai in AO then lost to Serena 2R 62 62. That loss killed her too. All that work and nothing to show for it. The game passed her by. Then she lost to Andreescu 62 60 in Newport Beach. Then 76 64 to Halep in Dubai. 7-5 in the third to Flipkens in IW. 64 06 46 to Hibino in Miami. She lost her spark. She lost 1R six straight events. 6-13 on the year, ranking outside 110 now. No confidence = No chance. Unfortunately for Bouchard they don’t sell confidence at the pro shop or at tenniswarehouse.com.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Scoop, so true. Tennis warehouse doesn’t sell confidence. It’s a cocktail of many things!

    Sorry for blaming Bouchard. I forget how hard she works – she was working very hard to get the mojo back. Things didn’t click as they had, and players had already adjusted to Bouchard’s patterns.

    I do take issue with one reporter’s work on Bouchard. They are actually a good reporter (not one of the best tennis writers, but a pretty good reporter overall). The reporter had said maybe Bouchard shouldn’t be so anti practice with WTA players. Once I read it I was shocked because I had just seen Bouchard practice with three or four wta players over a period of two practice sessions.

    Bouchard at the time wasn’t playing well, but she was working hard. The reporter may have changed the story published if they had seen Mladenovic celebrating after hitting a serve and unreturnable winner off Bouchard (I’m not used to seeing players celebrating practice points).

    Reminds me of another unrelated story. Top hundred pro that practiced against Rio’s, bested Rios easily in a practice set and said I can beat this guy. Played not long thereafter. Guess what?

    Lost 6-0, 6-1 or something like that, Rio’s laughing all the way to round two or three or whatever it was.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Mladenovic was fist pumping celebrating winning a practice point vs Bouchard???!!!?? That is unbelievable, perhaps the biggest bit** move of the year.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Scoop, I’ll be gentle on Mladenovic. Yes she was thrilled. But for all I know she hadn’t hit a service winner for weeks before that practice point with Bouchard.

    I have no context other than Mladenovic was excited to be hitting a few unreturnable serves. Maybe she was trying out a modified service motion. I wouldn’t know.

    I say it because the reporter was knocking Bouchard for “not practicing with WTA players etc etc”. I’m like, about four minutes at the practice court should clear that question up and improve the reporting. It’s easy to get this stuff right.

    One thing for Bouchard to say she’s not looking for great friends on tour or any friends among competitors as she had years back. But players all need practice partners and unless they have a dedicated male partner they kind of need each other out there.

    Only Giorgi from what I could see refused to play with anyone else. I think McHale was trying to hit with Giorgi but I can’t remember. Giorgi declined.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    It was McHale. Giorgi said no to her coach or sparring partner. No reason given.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the additional info Andrew. Here’s an interesting take on the final yesterday…

    I’m not saying Serena fixed yesterday but come on with the back spasm card? She hit a 114 mph serve if I saw right then said after “I couldnt’ rotate…” Can’t rotate and can still hit 114 on the clock?

    Plus, why not get massage or treatment?

    It’s the second time this year she’s played injury card and declined treatment.

    I have total respect for her, but her whole demeanor after the match something was not right. It may have just been her legs were shot, she was sore or she saw Bibi had more game and she didn’t want to lose.

    Look we saw Sharapova retire down 0-5 in third set at Wimbledon sometimes the great champions would rather play injury card than admit defeat at handshake. Even Rafa has pulled plug like vs. Cilic in Australia or not playing Fed in Indian Wells this year.

    Also then she says at presser that she’s had the back issue for sometime (covered her whole career never heard it mentioned) and that it can clear up in 24 to 36 hours. Basically setting the table for future card play because now she can say “Like I said in Montreal, sometimes it clears up in 24 to 36 hours…”

    That as a very suspect move 15,000 people and you pull the plug and don’t even take treatment? Don’t even ask tournament doctor for an advil or alleve? Don’t even get massage?

    Then you say it can clear up in 24 to 36 hours?

    Then, NBC Today Show spins it as “Serena’s sportsmanship” in glowing coverage.

    Sportsmanship? She played exactly 13 minutes 4 games and if you paid $75 to see it you don’t want to hear about sportsmanship you paid to see a match. That was a weird one. She may have to schedule all night matches at US Open of course the USTA will do it for Queen Ree

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Scoop, Andreescu is Toronto champ, second masters this year. Agassi wasn’t so disappointed when Rios withdrew from their match way back. Sometimes you win a tournament by making a final. I guarantee Nadal wasn’t distraught over not getting Monfils on the court to smash him.

    He was ok with the extra rest time. But Medvedev wasn’t!!!

  • Harold · August 12, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    That was Nadal 12 years ago..20 years old..not 38 years old.

    Fed a beast? More like quiet assasin

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Monfils made the right call, he can’t even beat Rafa when he’s 100% fresh, good not to waste everyone’s time when he’s spent.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Yes Fed is a beast under that mask. Look at how many careers and dreams he wrecked. Still at it too. Federer is a beast all right.

  • catherine · August 12, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Scoop – Bianca is a different kind of player and I believe Serena recognised that only a few minutes into the final and when she was 1-3 she didn’t want to be there any more. So she left.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Funny, Andreescu coach saying she’s among favorites for US Open. The point of saying this – send a memo out to the field? Why?

    I always follow Uncle Toni on this stuff. Say you like Nadal’s chances depending on what the draw looks like. Or say if he’s playing like this he’s going to be tough to beat, etc.

    I’d never give opponents another reason to beat you. Another reason Nadal, now Federer, preface every match by saying so and so has improved a lot, it will be a good test, they’ll be tough for sure, I expect they will be tough, etc etc. Or my goal is to win Wimbledon but it’s going to be tough etc etc.

    Totally different. Not right off the bat, and so early, “she’s one of the favorites.” Everyone reads that and they train twice as hard. Study the tape. Etc.

    Yet another reason the big guys are better. They don’t advertise their greatness, and they don’t let their coaches do it either.

    Guess they’ll learn the hard way.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Scoop, can’t speak for Monfils. But I understand he’d rather leave the Montreal crowd with a nice memory of him. He may not make it to Montreal 2021, and he didn’t want their last thought of him to be destruction at the hands of Nadal.

    Almost a merciful call on Monfils side. And again Nadal appreciated the extra time off to recover, while Medvedev probably hates that, heading into lion’s den against a well fed, well rested lion.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Agree Catherine, she was intimidated by the 19 year old marvel. I first heard about Andreescu about five years ago at Eddie Herr when I was talking with Nathalie Tauziat about Facing Steffi Graf and she was more excited about the kid she was coaching then, Andreescu. She was so excited about working with her and her potential. Wish I recorded what she said but unfortunately did not. I will look back and research my articles from that first Herr I attended and see if I mentioned it.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Andrew, I think it’s a solid move, remind everyone out there, Bibi is coming to New York and she ain’t taking no prisoners. She just annihilated the GOAT, no problem reminding the rest of the players, this can cause intimidation and even fear to the weak minded. Bibi and her team are not shrinking violets, they are here to conquer the world. not do magazine layouts and model shoots.

  • Hartt · August 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Regarding Bianca’s “beast” comment, she was asked in her press conference what she’d said to Serena.

    “I started tearing up because she was tearing up. Because I know how she feels. ” (Then a reference to injuries.)

    “Girl you are a(expletive, Bianca said she wasn’t going to say it) beast. You are going to bounce back, you’ve dealt with so much in your career. This is just a minor setback for a major comeback I’m sure.”

  • catherine · August 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Well, I can’t see anything wrong with that – Serena would’ve understood completely. Bianca was being more generous than some players I can think of, and sounded sincere. I’m not convinced about the ‘major comeback’ though.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Whoa, Ryan Harrison is down to 238 in the singles rankings, he’s playing doubles with Sock. Last time I saw them play together was in Miami and they lost to Farah Cabal in a super tiebreaker 10-8, Harrison missed a volley at the end that hurt. Murray loses to Gasquet. Felix loses to Kecmanovic. Albot slays Cilic.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Scoop, a few top players in WTA handle photoshoots and playing obligations just fine. My bias isnt against those players at all.

    I think it’s a lament for me that some players that come close to their best form then call it. Ivanovic came pretty close, Bouchard like you said came close (I’ve seen her come close repeatedly, then suffer a loss to a very hot player in a no holds barred, coming for your lunch money, take no prisoners, hand over your wallet type of match).

    I guess I’m struggling in making a point – players no longer have to focus on being on the tour. They can fall rather drastically in the ranking and just kind of go through the motions while their income source and livelihood come from somewhere else.

    I use Bouchard as the example. She was so hungry and showed that hunger again especially against some tough players. But her results, which stink, suggest a defeated player.

    For those players, with such promise, I don’t think they should give up on their games or the game. But it’s easy for me to say – I look at and say better to go for some more hunger games wins and prove something. But they look at as they look at it – tour is a grind, competition gets better and better, I’m no longer number one in Canada, the game has changed etc etc etc.

    A nice example of a career resurrected was Capriati, another one JC Ferrero, who never got his super form back but found enough of his game to be a credit to the game.

    Bouchard may not want to, and certainly doesn’t need to. I just like when veterans take the game seriously and decide to put it all out there. All honor to those who fall and rise again.

  • Jeff · August 12, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Monfils v. Tiafoe tomorrow unless Monfils pulls out. Should be a crazed atmosphere.

    Giorgi gets crushed again. She has been brutal since D.C.

  • Hartt · August 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Bouchard is an interesting case. She lost her confidence and never really got it back. That, along with not developing her game, was a recipe for disaster. Every once in a while she plays a very good match, such as a couple Fed Cup matches last year when she was actually injured, but those have been very rare in recent years.

    It is hard to know how motivated she is, but there must be something that drives her to continue. Yes, a desire for attention is part of it, but I don’t think that is the whole answer. I don’t think it is just $ either because according to reports her settlement with the USTA was huge, so she is a very wealthy young woman.

    But she is playing the Vancouver Open, a Challenger, for the 2nd year in a row, and that isn’t exactly glamourous. I think she truly does enjoy playing tennis and is said to be a hard worker, but maybe is unwilling to put in enough hard work on a consistent basis.

    Michael Joyce commented on players working hard for a while, but not seeing quick results and than slacking off. He said that he felt that he and Genie had accomplished some good things when he coached her but then she wanted to take a break and he wanted to continue working, so they parted ways.

    As I’ve said, I am not a fan of her playing style, but I hope she can get her ranking back up to at least the top 100, maybe even the top 50, but I don’t think she will ever have big results again.

    Regarding her statement about having friends on the tour I remember when she said that, and it’s been taken out of context. What she was talking about was how difficult it was to play against a close friend, so it was easier not to have close friends on the tour. She plays a lot of doubles, and seems to be a gregarious sort, so I think she’s fine with working with other players, just not having close friendships. Some players manage to compete against good friends but I can see why it could be very tough.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Yes, agree Hartt, Bouchard a very interesting case study. Settlement or not Bouchard had excellent cash flow, so money is no longer an issue. If it was the only issue, maybe having it, as well as reaching the heights at 3 of 4 slams, for some players that’s a career best and a totally incredible accomplishment. It is.

    Bouchard has one career title total, back in 2014. 2014 is also close to her junior days, within 600 plus days, so whatever drive she had as a junior and thirst for dreams etc was still there that year – her first and only title plus the three outstanding results at slams. If we were talking male USA players, Bouchard’s 2014 year would be what most men’s players in the U.S. would be thrilled to be remembered for. Most won’t achieve what she did.

    Sure her game had serious holes. She reminded me of Seles with (some) of her angles, her standing way inside the baseline. Her swinging volleys. I thought, sharpen up the angles on those shots, develop some variety on serve in terms of placement, and we’re talking contender. She was NOT Seles, but she showed some things that, refined, would make her a very tough out and increase her chances at slams.

    Things began falling apart at the US Open. She played Cirstea and I thought wow, Cirstea really prepared for this match, taking Bouchard’s serve early, punishing her short ball (Bouchard’s groundstrokes were falling short – any player could step in and send that back to the corners). I think they began doing that a lot.

    Then of course the accident incident.

    Bouchard has shown the fierce competitor. She gets up for some matches. It’s a lot different then how she had been, getting up for every match.

    I heard her talk though about wanting to be like Sharapova. Which to my ear is: I want what Sharapova has. Modeling contracts. Loads of endorsements. Huge profile. Fame fortune hooplah etc.

    I thought that might create some conflict because ask and ye shall receive. Bouchard had the huge profile almost immediately. Her Wimbledon performance put her right smack in the public eye. Then fame began working differently.

    Like Kournikova a player no longer needed on court results for the mega watt star life. Just personality, photogenic way, and a willingness to put all that out for others. And Bouchard said sure, why not. Cultivate a fan base, an Instagram page etc.

    Bouchard herself says it. She focuses as much on Bouchard Inc. as Bouchard, G. She can rightfully look back and see that she was the catalyst for Canadian tennis and for a time had results Raonic didn’t have, and there was no one else. Plus, she could tap the North American market.

    Anyways, of course I read too much into this. But Joyce is a pretty good coach, trained at the hand of Robert Lansdorp. He knows his mechanics, knows how repetition can hard wire a game.

    Bouchard’s game seemed to be coming back. I’m sorry she is a little like someone in their mid twenties going on retirement. They saw that a year on tour makes many players weary – it’s a heck of a lifestyle and it’s also a full time job, with a lot of minor annoyances. If a players not into it then their motivation may not be there

    Better to hear it from Bouchard. I have no idea how Canadian press covers her now. Just that I hope she finds some range on her shots, decides that her best tennis is ahead of her.

    I hope that for a lot of players.

  • Andrew Miller · August 12, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    OK, I am too hard on Bouchard. When it comes to players and coaches, players are the ones paying the bill so, even if they may not know what’s best for themselves, they know if they don’t want to work with someone anymore.

    What I didn’t recognize is Bouchard has never stopped playing over the years. In that regard she’s like Ivanovic. Or even Capriati. She’s kept at it. And sometimes as a coach, the coach says the right thing but the player isn’t receptive. This was the case with Andy Murray and others, until Lendl, Mauresmo took over – when others like his mom would say do this or that Murray didn’t care. When Lendl says it, players got to do it.

    What’s kind of amazing, Chris Every said this, Every thinks Bouchard can definitely get her game back – maybe not her ranking but the essence of her game as well as a better attirude to cut down on errors and mix her patterns. Evert said it perfectly so I’ll let her quotes from TennisNow stand on their own

    Prediction: Bouchard rediscovers her form, gets herself back to formidable. From there she can at least win more titles. And in a world of Andreescu and Bouzkova etc she is going to need to!!!

    TENNIS NOW 2019
    Opponents solved Bouchard’s style and have played patient tennis to draw errors from the hard hitter. Evert said Bouchard must develop a Plan B and eliminate the errors that bring her down.

    “In the beginning when she came up, nobody knew how she played, nobody saw the patterns. Now everybody knows,” Evert said. “And a player gets a reputation. And I think when these players now or in the past have gone on the court with Genie the last three years, they have a sense that if she can just keep the ball in play and be consistent, Genie is going to make the error, and sure enough, she’s been making a lot of errors the last three years.”

  • Hartt · August 12, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    The opinion I find interesting is that of Sylvain Bruneau. Bianca’s coach, who was the Fed Cup captain for many years. The last time I heard him say anything about Genie he was still optimistic that she could play well again.

    Genie worked with Robert Lansdorp for a while and seemed very excited about it. But his ill health means that is no longer possible.

    I think you are right about her wanting to be like Sharapova indicated a desire for a huge profile, etc. Stephanie Myles, who generally has been sympathetic to Genie, used to talk about how she loved the WTA parties, getting glammed up. Which is fine to a degree, but needs to take 2nd place to the real work.

    One thing I will never forget is the Rogers Cup that came soon after Bouchard’s Wimby final. The hype was beyond belief. Tennis Canada even featured some of Genie’s Army, who had flown in from Australia. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that she would have a brilliant tourney. Then Shelby Rogers (Shelby who, the fans were saying) beat Genie in the first round. Genie was pretty well in tears halfway through the match and said to Saviano, then her coach, that she didn’t want to be on the court. She totally crumbled under the immense pressure. We got a glimpse of the vulnerable young woman behind the confident, almost arrogant exterior. I think that memory is one reason I still have sympathy for her. (And Rogers was very gracious in her on-court interview, handing an extremely difficult situation well.)

    The contrast with Bianca, who thrives on the pressure, and successfully came through her own Rogers Cup baptism of fire with, is stark.

  • Jeff · August 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t know whether Bouchard is really too much into modeling or whatnot to concentrate on her tennis but I think there is a simple reason she should do everything possible to focus on tennis and return to her prior level.

    And that is her sister, Beatrice, who is as smoking hot as they come and should really be a model and probably is. She makes Genie look like a plain Jane in comparison, her Instagram is borderline illegal. Can’t see modeling agencies wanting to sign Genie over Beatrice unless it’s a package deal. Even then, the novelty of her playing tennis only goes so far.

    I wonder if it’s Beatrice who has gotten Genie into this model mindset and is truly the bad influence in her tennis career. Beatrice could easily ruin anyone’s career and we will see what effect she has on Kyrgios after their reported flings.

  • Jeff · August 12, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Genie made a pit stop between tournaments on Saturday for the big wedding. Golfer Michelle Wie married Jerry West’s son in a ritzy, champagne-filled Beverly Hills atmosphere according to the tabloid rags. Genie is friends with Wie.

  • Andrew Miller · August 13, 2019 at 12:49 am

    No problem with Bouchard having fun, modeling or what not. I’ve employed a double standard, and it’s not fair to the player and the person.

    It’s not an easy mix to find the right coach. Sounds like what others said, Lansdorp was connecting but too sick, hence the hand-off to Michael Joyce, who of course isn’t Lansdorp. With decades more he could be.

    More power to Bouchard if she stays with it, finds her form and her mark on the court. She’s good at tennis and with some tweaks she may yet have some great runs in her. She has her work cut out for her

    So did Capriati. Didn’t stop her either.

  • Andrew Miller · August 13, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Saw the highlights of Bouchard vs Andreescu. Andreescu has some excellent anticipation out there, reminds a little of ARad from recent tennis past, with more MPH on her shots.

    Bouchard, some good stuff. Her racquet switch from Babolat doesn’t seem to be going all that well – she wielded the Babolat better. Bouchard looks more sleight than before, not as strong physically and reminds of Hantuchova and Ivanovic when they went lean instead of mean. She should go mean.

    Her volley looks better than it was, so the doubles is helping this. Her overhead is still good as well. Her approach shots aren’t right – too much left to chance. Her serve could be a little tighter. Her game doesn’t have the same angles as even 2014, so she must not feel so confident out there. She used to hit angles off the return of serve. Her strategy is a little hard to figure out, but it looks like Just gonna play my game-ism.

    So some things are better, some worse. Much work to do. She’s capable and should do it.

    I was less impressed with Andreescu this time out. I think players will figure the Andreescu game out but she’ll be fun to watch nonetheless.

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