She was 16 at the time and harbored desire of arriving at the zenith of her game. The check filled in as inspiration, driving an expectation that one day she would get her hands on the genuine article.
On Saturday evening in New York, she did only that, crushing Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to turn into Canada's first historically speaking Grand Slam singles champion.
"After I won the Orange Bowl in 2015, two or after three months I just felt like I could do huge things in this game," Andreescu told CNN after her US Open triumph.
"In this way, I just snatched a check and composed the prize cash of that year. Be that as it may, each year I continued expanding it since it continued evolving. Be that as it may, I simply continued imagining that minute since that day.
"Presently being the real champion is simply so insane."
'Pleased to be Canadian'
It's been a hurricane eight months for Andreescu, who was positioned 178th toward the beginning of the year.
Presently 19, she's the main youngster since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to win a Grand Slam title and is on a kept running of 14 successive triumphs.
Her success against Williams grabbed the eye of Canadian leader Justin Trudeau, who sent a celebratory tweet. It's been an electrifying couple of months for Canadian game as Andreescu's triumph comes hot on the impact points of the Toronto Raptors accomplishment in the NBA Finals.
"I'm so glad to be Canadian and without Tennis Canada's help I truly wouldn't be today."
The current year's last mutual a comparable story to a year ago's when Naomi Osaka, at that point matured 20, vanquished Williams and increased overall acknowledgment medium-term.
"I've been playing a great deal on huge stages. Nothing contrasted with this, clearly, yet I had some work on coming into the last and I've quite recently been buckling down rationally to simply have the option to get into the zone," said Andreescu.
"I'm simply extremely happy about how I kept my cool."