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Carling Bassett-Seguso Has High Praise for Andreescu

Former Canadian tennis hero Carling Bassett-Seguso, who exploded to fame as a 15 year old making the 1983 Australian Open quarterfinals, is highly impressed by the accomplishments of fellow Canadian and US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

Bassett-Seguso, recently told the Toronto Sun the following words about the spirited 19 year old who has achieved a remarkable 42-4 record so far in 2019:

“She’s just there. She’s never running away. You just know that you’re going to have to win the bloody match from start to finish,” said Bassett-Seguso, the top-ranked Canadian player from 1982-1986. “She’s in the zone and she knows it. That’s sort of where you have to be. You get to the point where you get that confidence where you really feel invincible. Not to the point where you feel egotistical about it, but you have to have that within because tennis is separated by four or five points — that’s it — when you get into those close matches.”

“I love the way she uses the whole court. She’s very smart. She finds a way to win. She knows how to play tennis. It’s just timing now. It’s just keeping your head on and having the best (people) around  you to keep you focused, because tennis, man, it’s rough.”

“If I’m rolling the dice, I’d say she’s top-three in the world within the next couple years. She’s just solid everywhere. She’s got all four corners sealed right now. She’s not a huge girl ,so she’s going to have to keep it like that.”

Bassett-Seguso, who lives in Bradenton, Florida says Andreescu has sparked her interest to follow pro tennis again. She has been off the scene lately. The last time I saw her at a pro tournament was in 2017 at the Sarasota Open. She also made an appearance in the popular Nick Bollettieri Showtime documentary “Love Means Zero” two years ago.

“I haven’t been around (pro tennis) at all. Now I really enjoy watching it. I couldn’t say that a couple of years ago. There were like one or two matches that I wanted to watch and … even then, it was like, ‘Do I really want to watch Serena play again?’ ” said Bassett-Seguso. “There’s a lot of room now. I couldn’t believe the transformation. The way they were hitting the ball. It’s just big.”

Bassett-Seguso reached a career high rankings of no. 8 in 1985.

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106 comments

  • Andrew Miller · September 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Kenin keeps on goin.

    As to whether I love her game: no. I didn’t love Davenport’s game, either, and I have issues with the nuevo Davenport game Keys deploys.

    As to whether I admire her grit and consistency: absolutely. Tournament after tournament after tournament Kenin goes deep. She wins.

  • Andrew Miller · September 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Kenin v Stosur. I think Kenin wins this against a newly inspired Aussie champ.

  • Andrew Miller · September 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    ATP St. Pete heating up. Gerasimov knocks off Berretini, Medvedev weathers Rublev.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 20, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    If we are going to talk about Canadian tennis, one great player has not yet been mentioned or hailed. Lorne Main won Monte Carlo in 1954 and is credited by Bud Collins as being the first player to use two handed strokes for both backhand and forehand. I was fortunate to play doubles with Lorne twice at Payne Park in Sarasota FL a decade ago. Even in his late 70s he was smooth as silk and very accurate. And a class act. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorne_Main

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 20, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    We saw Gerasimov beat Kozlov 64 64 in 1R US Open qualies and he looked like a top 50 talent, big tall rangy and powerful hitting. Kozlov hung tough but didn’t have enough. Not at all surprised Gerasimov is ascending now.

  • Andrew Miller · September 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Sounds as though Harrison, losing to Koepfer at US Open qualies, and Kozlov, losing to Gerasimov, lost to guys playing much better that were better players. An ATP semifinal post US Open qualies is very good. And Koepfer totally outperformed. So Harrison, Kozlov with some improvement again and some match wins even in table tennis will fill up that confidence tank again, I hope.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 20, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Kozlov and Harrison surely realized they had bad us Open Q draws. But haven’t done anything since.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 12:54 am

    MTO in Osaka at match point Naomi v Putinseva but I don’t know from the score who’having it. Will know soon enough.

    Mertens sweeps aside Giorgi.

    Draw out for Wuhan. Pretty packed but no Bianca.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Osaka bt Putinseva SS. Naomi could be getting back on track.

  • jackson · September 21, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Andrew, you’re repeating the myth about Nadal’s family being wealthy. When Rafa was born, they weren’t. Like Roger’s family, they were solid middle class and because the Nadal family was so established in Mallorca (since the 14th century) they were highly respected and held various positions in their town such as mayor and orchestra conductor.

    It was Rafa’s dad who made them wealthy. He was (is) such an astute business man he grew a window business into an empire of construction companies and real estate holdings which the whole Nadal family participated in and benefited from. So yes, Rafa and his family are very rich now but they weren’t always.

    When Rafa was born, they lived in an ordinary apartment across the road from the tennis club. That’s one of the reasons he was able to practice and play tennis so much from such a young age. The mansions didn’t come until later.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Pavs bts Kerber 6-3 6-3. Awful match. Some horrendous serving from both sides. Angie 6 dfs. Scrappy and erratic play throughout. No sign of Dier but Pavs had occ from Sumyk. Kerber needs a coach asap. She looked lonely out there. Sam Stosur, at 35, hits with more power. Just terrible. Angie should take a long break and consider her future. She seems fit enough so it’s in her head. She clearly has no strategy on court. Just hitting back to her opponent’s strengths.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Angie didn’t show any more fight than Sloane Stephens. And Angie usually loses to Sloane. Work that out.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Naomi bts Mertens 6-1 second set. Noami, like Pavs, but unlike Kerber, had to double up her matches. Seemed to do her a favour.

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Catherine, shortly after the USO Bianca’s team announced that she would play only Beijing and, if she qualified, the WTA finals. Presumably they wanted her to have some preparation time after her media obligations, etc., were over.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Hartt – yes, I thought that was the case but couldn’t remember. Wise decision probably.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 8:39 am

    What did Sumyk tell Pavlyuchenkova? 63 63 is a good score, that’s a close match actually.

  • Jeff · September 21, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I too found the comments by Bassett curious. Certainly seems like some jealousy on her part. Can’t blame her since she probably has demons on how her career went. Yes she didn’t have the hunger of the girls who didn’t grow up well off so it may eat at her. Hard to say without directly asking her.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Scoop -I saw the match live and it was pretty poor. Pavs won although she didn’t play very well but Angie was really subpar. Might look close but it wasn’t, not after the first set. Sumyk probably told Pavs just to keep going and Kerber would lose, which she did. Her serve once again let her down.

    Their H2H is about even but Pavs is clearly better now. Or Angie’s worse, whatever.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I don’t differentiate much between wealth at age zero and age fifteen, pre sponsor. Let’s put it this way: Nadal isn’t Tiafoe in terms of funding for tennis training. His family wasn’t Gulbis, but neither did Nadal grow up without. Not at all. He was trained as a competitor and allowed to train as a competitor. He was fortunate to grow up with an immediate relative that was a soccer star. Not a normal set up.

    For what it’s worth and everyone on this board knows this already, tennis is an expensive sport. Very expensive. So expensive I am sure many who want to can’t even get their racquets restrung normally. It’s one of the huge problems here in the states, that tennis has so many strikes against it. It’s not cheap. It’s not everywhere. It’s not popular. And ticket prices are generally way too high.

    At a minimum a player becoming a pro has to take care of a whole lot of that. Their family has to afford the start up costs. Racquets. Training. Club membership unless you’re a public parks player (haven’t seen many of those on tour).

    Like I said, Nadal, not incredibly wealthy like Gulbis, whose wealthy far beyond measure. But he had what he needed to be a top pro, and he also was flat out better than any teenager tennis has seen since Federer and before since others. He was already Moyas hitting partner. Which is also not normal.

    I didnt make Nadal a multi millionaire. I just didn’t make him one of the posts on Noah Rubin’s blog, where some players literally had nothing. I don’t know if it would have made a difference, but talented players do better when basic needs are taken care of. Nadal was beyond basic needs. Well beyond.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Jeff – I thought we’d left all this behind. I think it’s very unlikely Carling has any feelings of jealousy. She has a very full life with a lot to occupy her far away from feelings of jealousy regarding a player she never even met on court. I didn’t find anything unusual about Carling’s comments. Serena Williams was completely irrelevant to the discussion, which was about Bianca. It’s a bit of a presumption IMO and I imagine Carling would think so too. Just a throwaway remark.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Scoop – WTA haven’t posted any highlights of Kerber/Pavs which may be a silent comment on the match 🙂

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Osaka d. Putinseva?! Proving doubters like me wrong. Thought Yulina would extend her perfect record.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Nadal first met moya in Stuttgart at the tournament where both were playing, Rafa was 12 in the junior event, moya in the pro event. Moya told me this fir Facing nadal. Rafa traveled a lot for juniors. Deduce what you want.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Coric vs. Gerasimov/Medvedev winner for the St. Petersburg title.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Not sure if any player envies serena, she has not had an easy life or career. Yes she has made it big but the price for it has been high.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Catherine is accusing wta of a silent ban of Kerber pavlyuchenkova highlights ☺

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Gimelstob had an entourage team for his high school matches at Newark Academy. An opponent told me. 3 or 4, coach, physio, whatever. That may be the record for most excess by a player at a young age. Jon King may disagree.

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Scoop – I have it on good authority that Angie accidentally spilt coffee on a computer and the match’s transmission was erased 🙂

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Possible tank to get to the next tournament in China?

  • Jon King · September 21, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Scoop, that sounds about right down here. You can literally go to a green dot ball tournament and find 9 year olds with a head coach, hitting coach, hitting partner, nutritional advisor, massage therapist, and 4-5 of dad’s companies employees there to support the golden child and earn some brownie points.

    Its a different world. Every weekend there are multiple tournaments from West Palm Beach down through Miami. Many of the kids go to academies and almost all the parents are either doctors or business owners. A few billionaire’s kids here or there such as an heir to the Ziff publishing fortune.

    Typical story, my girl played another in a 10s tournament. The girl had a coach from Russia with her. The mother told me they took a trip to Europe and the coach was teaching at a resort there. Their daughter really liked him so they hired him away from the resort and rented him a town house near their home. He was the daughters full time head coach to supervise her team.

    The arms race in juniors here is astounding.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hopefully Kerber’s press conf. will be up. Hopefully as enjoyable as other notable pressers. I loved the Ivanovic pressers of years past, where she threw up her hands as if to say I have no idea at all what just happened! Delightful.

    Nice to see Hantuchova doing some announcing and commentary too. I get the sneaking sense when it comes to announcing jobs for tennis, if it’s at the pro level, it’s hard to get that spot! Speaking of Gimelstob, he wasn’t qualified for his announcing spots. Hantuchova, Rubin etc clearly are.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Sheesh the arms race thing makes me want to pull a Toni Nadal and coach for free at public parks. Sorry it’s so out of hand. I’ve seen many tennis parents. Their kids aren’t better players just because they have an armada of an entourage. And they won’t be the next Andreescu either.

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Medvedev did win, so it will be Daniil vs Coric for the St. Petersburg title. Can Daniil win another title? Will he ever wear down?

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Did people here watch Laver Cup? I was pleasantly surprised that Isner beat Zverev – he has a poor H2H against AZ.

    Fed vs Nick was a close, entertaining match, but Roger won the match TB, making some terrific shots in the process.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    No Laver Cup for me. Sounds like they are enjoying themselves.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    What will Serena do post tennis? Guest announcing? No wonder she doesn’t want to leave the sport.

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Hartt, saw a Nadal coaching Federer clip from Laver Cup. Shows why Nadal is so good, he’s very observant. Basically said the guy loves this pace, anticipates well, make him play then go for your shot. Federer’s like you’re right, he’s too comfortable out there.

    Nice coaching. Maybe Nadal will do some development in the future. Said it and saying it again…no substitute for thinking through a match. Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, study opponent in real time out there, make observations and make adjustments. I don’t know who else does this.

    Evert did it very well. Gilbert of course a thinking man’s player. Agassi did it, Sampras did it. That’s the greatness thing, when you’re already very good and you know when, how to change during a match.

    They do this of course after losing, make observations of players and change up tactics. But the whole making the changes during the match, we’ve never seen players do this better. Serena does it as well, another reason she’s stayed on top of the sport so long.

    If you want to find players that will cave in the future look for
    – only one game plan, no plan b
    – no ability to adjust during a match
    – no improvement against the same players
    – no overall improvement in any area od their games
    – shots that had improved getting worse again

  • catherine · September 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Andrew – normally there aren’t press conference at some of these tournaments, just on court interviews with the winners. I can’t see anything. So we won’t know what Angie said, or thought. I never find them very interesting anyway. She’s probably on her way to Wuhan by now, getting ready to play Puig first match.

    Your comments about observations and making changes are relevant to Kerber. It’s what she’s not doing. Unless a tweener in midcourt counts. It went in the net.

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I think Bianca makes changes during matches as well. As I wrote earlier, she makes notes on her opponents and has done that for years. But she will change tactics during a match. She may start out hitting with power and then switch to high loopy shots. which she insists aren’t moon balls. She may start to use more slice, etc.

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Andrew, I don’t think Serena will lack for things to do when she retires from tennis. She is very in fashion and has had several fashion shows, the most recent right after the USO.

    She has been investing in start up companies. And of course her family life has to be very busy.

  • Harold · September 21, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Laver Cup: Europe could put together a second team( Djoker, Medvedev, Wawa, and others) that would beat the World team.
    How could they not invite Wawa to the event the year its in Switzerland?

    Kyrgios said he got distracted in the 5-6 game in the second set against Fed by a woman in the crowd, said he’d marry her in the spot..Kaliskaya might not be in the loop too long

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Harold, Stan was invited to play but he wanted too much $. He had to withdraw from St. Petersburg with an injury, so it is just as well he wasn’t slated for Laver Cup.

  • Harold · September 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Hartt..,

    I thought maybe Wawa reads this site, and the constant reminders of Mirka screaming at him, just pissed him off, more, and more, and he didn’t want to team up with Fed..😀😀

  • Andrew Miller · September 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Moonballs are fair game. Drop shot serves are fair game. I’m waiting to see a player one up Kyrgios on this stuff! Nobody counts it against Nadal when he hits shots around the net posts, so we should hope players become more strategic by giving opponents crazy balls.

    That said I think this playing like Medvedevs playing makes players go a little bonkers.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Surprising Wawrinka is not a part of Laver Cup. I will read something is not quite right in Federland for Stan to get snubbed or lowballed. Thiem and Zverev over Stan? Stan sells more tickets than both.

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    The Laver Cup sold out in the blink of an eye. They did not need Stan to sell tickets. There were several reports that Stan wanted too much $, and it would hardly be fair to the other players if he received an amount that wasn’t in keeping with his ranking. He doesn’t have the star power of Rafa or Fed, who presumably were both paid a huge appearance fee.

    Anyway, as I wrote earlier, Stan withdrew from St. Petersburg with an injury, so he wouldn’t have been available to play LC in any case.

    Sock and Kyrgios defeated Rafa and Stefanos in doubles, so Team World is still alive, with Team Europe leading 7-5, and the matches with 3 points each being played tomorrow.

    I was just relieved that Milos got through his match without getting injured, although of course Rafa won.

  • Hartt · September 21, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Bianca did do one interview right after Monday’s practice session, and I just saw it. It was for the Quebec sports channel TVA, but was conducted in English. She had high praise for coach Sylvain Bruneau. She said he was the only person in her player box that she looked at during a match, because he gave her energy. Plus Coco, because seeing the pup calmed her down.

    Asked if she enjoyed doing media she said she did, but did not do a lot of it because she needed to focus on her tennis, on her training.

  • jackson · September 21, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Scoop, Rafa played hardly any junior tennis so there’s nothing to deduce. His highest junior ranking was 145. He played nearby events in the summer but his mother wouldn’t let him miss school for tennis. He played and won a couple of European events similar to the Orange Bowl and a Nike sponsored event where they flew kids from all over to S Africa but basically, he had a very limited junior career. The only junior slam he ever played was Wimbledon when he was 16 (reached semis) and he was on the Spanish team that won the Junior Davis Cup at 16.

    Instead of junior tennis, he turned pro at 15 and played Futures events around Spain during the summer, moving up to Challengers at 16. He got a WC into the Mallorca Open and won his first ever ATP match but lost in the second round. By the end of that year, at 16 1/2, he was playing ATP regularly and was the ATP Newcomer of the Year. He was such an amazingly talented youngster, he didn’t need Junior.

  • jackson · September 21, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Hey Hartt – did you see that Brayden Schnur has broken into the Top 100? Another young Canadian starting to make his move up the rankings. 🙂

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 21, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Jackson, moya told me Rafa was playing Stuttgart juniors at 12. Gabashvili said he was in the same junior draws as Rafa but they never played. Monfils told me his first match with Rafa was in juniors in Czech republic. This is all in my Facing Rafa book. Seems he played more juniors than advertised.

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