The rising Canadian tennis star of Romanian origin Bianca Andreescu (*2000 / CAN) has shown as well as proven her enormous talent and a huge potential quite a few times on the international tennis scene in the past already. At first, it was while winning the 2014 “Les Petits As”, the unofficial U14 Junior World Indoor Championships being played in the Southern French city of Tarbes since the ’80s. Next big break-through came in the second half of 2015 when 15 years old Bianca won the 2015 Junior Canadian Open (U18) and then mainly the 2015 Orange Bowl in the U 18 category (finals win against Dayla Kay/USA), here despite being eligible to play in the U16 field for two more years. Together with other results, this brought her to the ITF Junior Ranking of #3 at the beginning of 2016. Then, in between focusing more on the ITF Women’s Tour than on hunting the points at the junior events, Bianca won doubles titles (partnering Carson Branstine/USA/CAN) at both the 2017 Australian Open as well as the 2017 French Open. In her Junior Grand Slam singles appearances, however, she stayed on the rackets of the mostly slightly older opponents. After her very successful start into the 2019 and mainly after the spectacular win at the 2019 Indian Wells Masters, while coming into the event with a wild card, she is with her new WTA Tour ranking of #24 (as of March 18, 2019) currently ranked in front of all her former main opponents at the ITF Junior Tour who have been eventually beating her in the past (all Masarova, Day, Liu have to break into the top 100 yet, Anisimova is at #73). Interesting stat speaking about Bianca’s qualities is her match record from the ITF Junior Tour, where her last event was the 2017 French Open. She closed her international junior career with an excellent match record of 90/20 in singles and 62/18 in doubles. Also, her current (as of March 18, 2019) career singles match record of 103/37 at the Women’s WTA/ITF events is extremely strong.
This all was/is being made possible by Bianca’s very well developed coordination skills and overall very solid stroke technique in the Tennis 3.0 style and despite (or maybe because…) her rather smaller size of 170cm (5’7”). So, her parents (with the Eastern European sports culture), coaches and also Tennis Canada must have done a lot of things right early on. While looking at Bianca’s strokes, what strikes the eye first is her clean Forehand 3.0 technique. The “cultural differences” in the approach to the forehand then, in my opinion, belong to the main reasons why she is currently significantly more successful than her former fierce opponents on the ITF Junior Tour.
Bianca’s service had also a very clear Tennis 3.0 style with a quite sound body energy unloading into dominant long-axis pronation early on. In this article, I would like to look at her Service 3.0, which was technically very solid at the end of 2015 already. Besides the already above-mentioned very good pronation, based also on the loose muscles with optimal coordination between muscle contraction and relaxation, there are, in my view of the things, at least two more points worth mentioning. First the perfect head stability/eye control of the impact zone and then the fact that Bianca had already at the age of 15 years a very well developed topspin service, which is otherwise not that typical with the juniors of her age.
Needless to say, the ability to hit a high percentage of 1st services 3.0 with optimal full pronation under the pressure of the competition needs years to be achieved. It’s one of the typical signs of mental pressure affecting the player that the degree of pronation (the range of the motion in the internal rotation) is decreasing under pressure, even with players who have otherwise a good command of the action. This can be well seen mainly at one series of photos from 2017 where Bianca was under pressure in a tight three-set match against Xiyu Wang (CHN). In such situations, the players with a good command of the topspin service tend to fare better than the players focusing at the slice as their 2nd service.
This article covers certain aspects of Bianca Andreescu’s service as well as service in general only! Further extensive photo galleries and more distinct details about her service and other strokes (mainly her dominant Forehand 3.0) as well as about the strokes of other players are available upon a qualified request at drmgb11(at)gmail.com. Some significant details of this kind, necessary for a peak tennis performance as well as for a sustainable tennis training/development in general, are being discussed also in the seminar “TENNIS 3.0 – Future of the Game”, which is available worldwide upon request – www.tennis30.com / www.tennis30.cz
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