Her mental discipline also helps her out on the court, where she’s won 31 of her last 34 matches, recording wins over World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki at Auckland and World No.18 Wang Qiang and World No.20 Muguruza at Indian Wells.
Andreescu has a few unique on-court rituals: she wears a spiral hair tie around her elbow – instead of on her wrist – and occasionally sniffs a jar of… something… during changeovers, although she remains tight-lipped on the secret scent. “I’m never going to reveal my secret,” Andreescu joked to press.
But she did reveal that when she goes on court, she likes to repeat words or phrases that keep her motivated between points.
“Like, I keep key words in my head usually,” Andreescu said. “I just keep very short key words in my head, like, before I serve, before I return. I just try to pump myself up.
“I’ll just say, like, ‘catch and stroke,’ because sometimes I tend to have a big swing on the returns… So I just try to keep it compact. Stuff like that.”
Andreescu will do her best to visualize another big win at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, where she’s bidding to become the first wildcard to reach the final. Standing in her way will be the winner between No.6 seed Elina Svitolina and fellow teen Marketa Vondrousova.