Bianca Andreescu says she wants to carve out her own legacy in tennis after beating Serena Williams in the US Open final on Saturday.
The Canadian teenager upset Williams in her maiden Grand Slam final appearance to win her first major with an impressive 6-3 7-5 straight-sets victory at Flushing Meadows.
The 19-year-old denied Williams a record-equalling 24th major title, meaning she has now lost four straight Grand Slam finals since the birth of her first child in September 2017.
Andreescu, who was not even born when Williams won the 1999 US Open, said that while the American has been an inspiration for her fledgling career, she wants to create her own legacy in tennis.
“I’m sure I’m not the only person that’s looked up to her. She’s an inspiration to many, many people, not only athletes. What she’s done off the court, too. She’s truly a champion. Above all, she’s very kind-hearted.
“She came up to me in the locker room, she said some really nice things, which I’ll cherish for a really, really long time,” Andreescu said about the 38-year-old.
“I’ve really strived to be like her,” Andreescu replied when asked about the similarity in their playing style.
“Who knows? Maybe I can be even better.
“We like to keep the points short with our aggressive game style. We like to use our serve to our advantage. I think we fight really, really hard.”
“But at the same time, I want to make a name for myself.”