Bianca Andreescu just won't stop. The new queen of Canadian tennis — Canadian sport, even — booked her place in the US Open quarter-finals in her first year in the main draw, becoming the first Canadian to reach the last eight at Flushing Meadows since 1992. What was the most impressive, however, was the fact she won out against a crowd which was largely and vocally against her.
Of course, much of that anti-Andreescu sentiment came from the fact the prodigious 19-year-old was facing American favourite Taylor Townsend in New York.
Anyone who's watched tennis before, whether in the US Open or London's Wimbledon, will tell you how partisan a crowd can be when one of their own is playing. The New York crowd warmed to that theme on Monday night.
Andreescu doesn't seem a player who is fazed easily. In fairness, there's no reason she should be, given the 2019 season she's having.
And so it proved, as she emerged victorious by a score 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to advance to the US Open quarter-finals. It's another rung on the ladder of her incredible year.
However, Andreescu herself acknowledged the difficulties of playing in that particular atmosphere after the game.
Andreescu: "It was really fun other than the crowd being against me...It's definitely not an easy situation especia… https://t.co/f0HMvp1Tno— Michael Gallo (@Michael Gallo)1567486438.0
She wasn't the only one who noticed.
It's fair to say the bias from the crowd certainly attracted the attention of many Canadian observers.
First real adversity for Andreescu at the #usopen. Pressure on her to win this third set now, with majority of the… https://t.co/KYGq76UTXN— Rob Williams (@Rob Williams)1567483123.0
@StefMylesTennis Speaking of teens being emotionally roughed up, @Bandreescu_ said after match that hecklers were s… https://t.co/nXbEqA3gQz— Peter O'Neil (@Peter O'Neil)1567521744.0
That was a really rough environment for Andreescu. Not sure how much TV picked it up, but man the crowd was problematic.— Scott Stinson (@Scott Stinson)1567485968.0
The American announcers are obnoxiously homers. It’s as if Andreescu isn’t even on the court. #USOpen— Keith Baldrey (@Keith Baldrey)1567485357.0
- Boo Novak Djokovic, despite retiring with a shoulder injury. - Yell “double fault” and “Let’s Go Taylor” during… https://t.co/xb6zHbKhtT— Lukas Weese (@Lukas Weese)1567486477.0
Bianca Andreescu is an absolute boss. She’s got it all and she was able to keep it together tonight through a rough… https://t.co/3S8trUAB6h— Dan Wolken (@Dan Wolken)1567485668.0
Young American player on a roll. New York crowd rooting against her. Didn’t matter. You know why? Because she’s Bia… https://t.co/ZNtHq67JPX— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid Seixeiro)1567485612.0
Bias from the spectators' seats is to be expected, particularly when a home-nation favourite is in action.
According to some, though, even the American commentators were getting in on the action.
No mistaking which country the broadcasters are paid by. Andreescu is coming off as the evil veteran 😳— Blake Price (@Blake Price)1567484135.0
Best way to motivate Andreescu right now would be to let her know that the commentators are openly rooting for Townsend— Josh (@Josh)1567484243.0
The divisive nature of the atmosphere and reaction to the game doesn't seem to have been shared by the two female players themselves, however.
At least, judging by this cute interaction they shared on Tuesday morning.
In the end, Andreescu proved she has the ability and the mettle to overcome an adverse, even hostile, crowd.
Bianca Andreescu says the thing she learned tonight was how to deal with the adverse New York crowd. “I think I kep… https://t.co/t1ZAPkJb8Q— WTA Insider (@WTA Insider)1567488181.0
Andreescu will play Belgian Elise Mertens in her quarter-final on Wednesday looking to power her way into the final four.
How the crowd will react to her then remains to be seen, but we can't imagine she'll care at all, to be honest.
"I think the crowd can't beat me."
Inject that into our veins, Bianca.