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Bianca Andreescu unlocks secret to the Ons Jabeur drop shot at Roland Garros
The former US Open champion also opened up about her inspiration to compete for more major titles and a run-in with McSteamy from Grey’s Anatomy.
Published May 31, 2023
WATCH: Andreescu met the press after a thrilling first-round victory at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
PARIS—They say game recognizes game, but Bianca Andreescu is hard-pressed to compare her finesse game to that of former world No. 2 Ons Jabeur’s
“I thought my dropshot was good, and then there's Ons,” Andreescu said after advancing at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
Fresh off a dramatic opening-round victory over former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, Andreescu opened up about practicing with Jabeur before the tournament, and gave some much-needed insight into what makes her touch game so good.
“Honestly, I think Ons has the best dropshot, like out of male and female players,” she said, also citing top men’s seed Carlos Alcaraz. “Ons is No. 1. She's very talented, and she's using her talent in a very good way.
“She's having results and all of that, and she's teaching me how to hit a tweener. I have a video of me making one. I was going to post it on social media, but I was going to wait. I think now is a good time to.”
What’s a tip players can take to turn their dropper into an Alcaraz or Jabeuresque weapon?
“I think they do it at very good times, and they disguise it very well,” mused the 2019 US Open champion. “I think those are the two keys to hitting great dropshots, and they also have that little side-spin too.”
Despite the long match on Court Simonne-Mathieu, Andreescu had no lack of stamina in her post-match press conference, recalling the time she got a visit from Dr. Mark Sloan aka “McSteamy” from Grey’s Anatomy watching her win the BNP Paribas Open in 2019.
I'm hoping to get a win soon because time is ticking here. I'm 23 very soon,” she said. “I say that like I'm very old, but honestly, you see fricking Coco Gauff and [Linda] Fruhvirtova. I don't know if I'm saying that right. Like, you know, time is running out! Bianca Andreescu
“If I can have someone famous in my box every time I think I would definitely play better honestly,” she said. “You're trying to impress them because it's someone famous. They're good at their craft. You want to show them that you're good at your craft kind of thing.”
The 22-year-old also had serious moments, recalling a conversation with her grandmother that has reignited her desire to compete for Grand Slam titles.
“This match I started thinking about my grandmother because she's getting old, and I'm very close to her. She said, ‘Bianca’—in Romanian, she doesn't speak English. She's, like, ‘Bianca, I really want to watch you win another major.’
“So, I had that in the back of my head at one point when I was down 3-1. I was, okay, I started to get emotional too. At that point something, like, just came out of me, and I started playing better.”
Andreescu is fully aware of the competition in front of her—including the teen phenoms nipping at her heels.
“I'm hoping to get a win soon because time is ticking here. I'm 23 very soon,” she said. “I say that like I'm very old, but honestly, you see fricking Coco Gauff and [Linda] Fruhvirtova. I don't know if I'm saying that right. Like, you know, time is running out!”
The Canadian will continue seeking to turn back the clock on Thursday when she takes on American Emma Navarro in the second round.