Canadians Think Bianca Andreescu Got A Very Rough Ride At The US Open Last Night
She won the match anyway, by the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.