NEW YORK, NY, USA - Two years ago, Bianca Andreescu’s biggest goal was to make enough money playing tennis so that her parents could afford to travel with her, she recalled on Good Morning America.
Now - with her parents and her adorable dog Coco in tow - Andreescu is on a ‘whirlwind’ tour of American talk shows, a rite of passage for every breakout US Open champion.
“I never thought it would be this hectic, but I’m not complaining,” the 19-year-old laughed in an interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts. “This is truly an amazing accomplishment, but I could definitely get used to this feeling. I’m not done yet.”
After taking home her first Grand Slam trophy on Saturday night, Andreescu’s whirlwind weekend involved a trophy photoshoot at the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center, and on Monday she hit Good Morning America, TODAY Show, Live with Kelly & Ryan, The View and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to reflect on the experience.
“It hasn’t really sunk in,” Andreescu admitted, speaking to Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on the set of Live with Kelly & Ryan. “I didn’t really have the time to just see what’s happening in my life right now. It’s been a crazy year for me, and being able to hold this trophy is pretty awesome.”
As always, Andreescu was accompanied by her ultimate good luck charm: her adorable dog Coco.
The tiny goldendoodle puppy stole the show during the Canadian’s matches every time the camera cut to her parents in the player box, and she was a hit on the US morning shows like The View as well.
Although the victory and all if its implications still hasn’t sunk in for Andreescu, the 19-year-old still took a moment to savor her skyrocketing rise - from outside the Top 100 at the start of the year, to the WTA’s new World No.5 as of today’s rankings.
“Last night before I went to bed, I just took a moment to be grateful,” she told Good Morning America. “Because it wasn’t easy.
“I mean, I started playing tennis at the age of 7, and ever since then I’ve been dreaming of this moment. I mean, it’s another story for it to actually happen. So I’m just, like, truly blessed right now.”
Rewatching the final match point of her straight-sets win over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, Andreescu struggled to sum up just how much the moment - one that she’s been visualizing for years through meditation - meant to her.
“So many things, it’s really hard to put into words what all of this means to me,” Andreescu gushed. “I think at that point, I was just in awe of everything. I was telling myself, all that hard work paid off.
“All those tough moments are definitely worth it if you really believe there are good times ahead. And Saturday was a really good time for me.”