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Five reasons why Andreescu can win the US Open

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TORONTO – After claiming a historic title in Toronto and rising to No. 14 in the WTA rankings, Bianca Andreescu has to be considered among the contenders to win the US Open.

Yes, she's still a teenager and has never been past the second round of a major before, but the Mississauga, Ont., native has already proven this season that she’s a special talent.

Here are five reasons why the rising Canadian star can win it all in Flushing Meadows.

Andreescu was faced with potential distractions and big expectations at the Rogers Cup last week, but never let the moment get the best of her.

“I actually like that,” she said. “I like the pressure of playing at home. It really motivates me.”

Andreescu channeled her emotions and found a way through some tough moments improving to 15-3 in three-set matches across all levels this season, including 10 straight wins.

“In those moments, I just let loose, really,” she explained, “because I know when I do that, I play my best tennis. It's when I just stay relaxed and I go for my shots.”

Andreescu isn't impervious to nerves, but she manages to recover quickly after they hit. In the semifinal against Sofia Kenin she blew a 5-2 lead in the second set, needing five match points to eventually get across the finish line in a tiebreaker.

“I don't think I've ever seen her that nervous,” said coach Sylvain Bruneau. "So, it shows that it really meant a lot to her, the chance to play in the final here at home and it got to her a little bit ... we work on that, but you got to go through this and live these experiences. It’s part of growing up and she did great. I'm just really proud of how she regrouped in the tiebreaker and finished strong with some powerful shots and releasing her shots."

Up a set and a break in Saturday's semifinal, Bianca Andreescu let nerves creep in before recovering to close out Sofia Kenin. "I'm just really proud of how she regrouped in the tiebreaker and finished strong," Sylvain Bruneau said. "I don't think I've ever seen her that nervous so it shows how much it means to her." The coach revealed what his message will be to the teenager ahead of Sunday's championship match. "I know her game face will be on."

There were plenty of times last week when Andreescu could have let the moment get the best of her.

In the first round against fellow Canadian Genie........