Canada's Grand Slam champ Andreescu credits winning mindset to meditation

Canada toasts'Queen B Andreescu after major triumph

Canada toasts'Queen B Andreescu after major triumph

Williams lost to Japanese star Naomi Osaka in last year's US Open final. I could have played better.

"I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I'm so sorry", Andreescu said to the crowd at New York's Arthur Ashe Stadium. I just tried to breathe as much as I could from the moment I woke up until the match.

"The thing that separates the best from the rest is just the mindset".

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu last night saw off the challenge of history-chasing Serena Williams to win her first major title in NY.

It wasn't the first time Andreescu had thought about playing the 37-year-old in a Grand Slam final. It's so insane, man.

She revealed one of her techniques had been to spend years picturing herself triumphing, determined to turn her wishes into reality.

An extremely frustrated Serena Williams admitted she could have played better against teenager Bianca Andreescu who defied odds to beat her and win her maiden US Open 6-3, 7-5 in the final here. She holds an 8-0 record over top-10 players in her career. "I believe I could have done more", Williams said. "I guess these visualisations really, really work". Andreescu, the daughter of Romanian immigrants to Canada, won her hometown tournament in Toronto and has not lost a completed match since March.

With her US Open win, Andreescu picked up 2,000 points to add to her overall total. "I would smash rackets". It's been working to my advantage.

I don't know what to say.

"I was blocking out the noise, or trying to".

"I think that's really been helping me, even in tough situations".

"It increased for Andreescu to a point she had never experienced before and it lifted from Serena a little bit". Sometimes those emotions get her in trouble - like during her fourth-round match against American Taylor Townsend, when she drew a code violation for throwing her racket. Impressed by her rival's sportsmanship after the match, Williams called Andreescu an "old soul".

"I'm just so proud that I'm out here and competing at this level". Then, her face in disbelief, 19-year-old Andreescu hugged Williams at the net and fell to the blue court, basking in her feat. Now that she's there, she's adjusted her vision to new heights.

"I actually wrote myself a cheque for this tournament - back in 2015, it wasn't that much money [$3.85million in prize money] but, every year, I kept increasing it". "I'm not really happy but I have to take it one moment at a time".

"On Championship point at 5-1 down Serena hit a forehand victor and that was her first victor of the set", Whitaker said. I think the crowd really helped her, as well.

For a country that produces numerous world's best ice hockey players with regularity, having a Grand Slam singles champion to call their own is new territory.