Bianca Andreescu reaches out to Emma Raducanu as she also discusses ‘crazy’ similarity with Brit

Shahida Jacobs
Bianca Andreescu in action

Bianca Andreescu and Emma Raducanu’s career paths have been very similar so far and the former hopes that they can “help each other out”.

Andreescu enjoyed her breakthrough season in 2019 as she won the Indian Wells Open and Canadian Open before going on to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam, defeating Serena Williams in the US Open final at the age of just 19.

However, the next two years were tough physically and mentally as she struggled with various injuries while the Covid-19 pandemic also played havoc.

Having reached a career-high No 4 in the 2019, Andreescu slumped to outside the top 40 in 2022, however she has regained form and is now back up to No 31.

Raducanu, meanwhile, broke through at Wimbledon in 2021 when she reached the fourth round before going on to become the first qualifier – man or woman – to win a major as she lifted the US Open title without dropping a set.

But her first full season on the WTA Tour didn’t go well as she struggled with form and injuries last year and it has been the same so far in 2023.

The duo met in the first round of the Miami Open last week and Andreescu emerged victorious in a three-set match.

When asked after the match whether or not she talked to Raducanu about their similarities, Andreescu replied: “No. But I would honestly really, really like to speak to her because of that, because of our similarities. I mean, she’s also Romanian. She was born in Toronto, which is super, super crazy.

“Definitely I would love to speak to her, for sure. Maybe we can help each other out.”

It was pointed out to Andreescu after her win over Raducanu that a commentator revealed they were both born in the same hospital.

“That’s weird. That is weird. No, no one’s ever said that. I was born in Mississauga, hospital in Mississauga,” she said. “That’s crazy if that’s the case. That hospital was two US Open champs. That’s pretty big (laughter).”

Andreescu looks like she has turned a corner as she finds herself as she has beaten Raducanu, seventh seed Maria Sakkari and 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin so far at the Miami Open. Up next is Ekaterina Alexandrova.

“Obviously there were ups and downs, but for the most part, I was very, I guess, level throughout 2022, even with the losses,” she said.

The Canadian added: “I think everything physical comes from the mental side of everything, emotional, spiritual, all that. So I feel like it’s mainly in my head.

“I think that’s been the toughest part because I know if everything’s good in my head, everything will be good physically.”