The meteoric rise of Bianca Andreescu continues, with the 19-year-old tennis champ set to make history this weekend as the first Canadian woman to ever play in the US Open Finals. On Thursday night, the Mississauga native beat Belinda Bencic in the semi-finals, securing her a spot in Saturday’s Grand Slam finals match. Her opponent? Serena Williams. You may have heard of her.
It was only one year ago that Bianca Andreescu was ranked 208 in the world, with her stunning rise to the front of the podium pointed out by ESPN host Pam Shriver on Thursday night, who told Andreescu in a post-win interview that as of last August “I don’t think I’d heard of you.” Andreescu’s year has been filled with ups and downs, including beating fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and going on to win the Australian Open in January. The teen has also been plagued by a shoulder injury, missing two months of tournaments and even pulling out of the French Open and Wimbledon. Andreescu returned to the court in August and defeated Bouchard again, this time on the pair’s home turf at the Rogers Cup. It was also at the Rogers Cup where Andreescu scored a win over Serena Williams after Williams was forced to retire early in the match due to back spasms. Andreescu went on to win the Rogers Cup, becoming the first Canadian woman to do so in 50 years.
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Now Andreescu is set to make history once again this weekend when she takes on Williams for a second time during Saturday’s US Open Grand Slam Final. Should Andreescu lose to Williams, she’ll still earn her highest rank ever at number 9 in the world. A win would mean a fifth-place ranking. Either way, Andreescu has already secured her place in history and is inspiring Canadians everywhere.
Following Andreescu’s win on Thursday night, #SheTheNorth quickly began trending on Twitter, with several of the teen’s high profile fans showing their love on social media, including Prime Minister Trudeau.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 6, 2019
Andreescu’s hometown is already celebrating their champ.
— City of Mississauga (@citymississauga) September 5, 2019
Tennis legend Billie Jean King congratulated Bianca on her historic win.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 5, 2019
Fellow Canadian athlete Steve Nash sent Bianca words of encouragement before her match on Thursday.
— CBC Sports (@cbcsports) September 4, 2019
We can’t wait to see Bianca during Saturday’s match, as well as Coco Andreescu, the second biggest star in the Andreescu family.
such a lil nug https://t.co/7aVlwKVXcT
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) September 5, 2019