“I’m a big, big fan of her game. I think she’s got wonderful hands. She understands tennis. She sees the court. She understands the importance of doing different shots, not always the same shot over and over and over again.”
Bruneau cultivated her tennis IQ out of a need to keep her intellectually stimulated in practice – observing a tendecy to tire of repetition – which created a player profile unlike any other presently on tour, and also gave Andreescu the courage to deviate from the metronomic style that has beecome the norm.
“I think it’s just inside of me somehow,” Andreescu said of her fearlessness. “I think it’s just my passion for the game, as well. I don’t like to lose, so I just try my best every match.
“I expect a lot from myself, so I think that pressure also helps me do my best in matches.”
Andreescu will face a pressure unlike any other in the final, presenting Bruneau with a tough challenge of his own in order to prepare his pupil to play the biggest match of her life.
“It’s not just another match, but we will try to pretend it’s just another match, for sure. I think it’s important for her to go in there the same way she’s been going at it since the beginning of the year.
“If she goes there, competes, and believes in herself, and there is no reason that tomorrow it should be any different. Obviously she has a legend against her on the other side of the court, but that should not change what she has control over. I think that’s going to be the message.”
Andreescu takes on Williams on Arthur Ashe Stadium Saturday night.