Long live the Queen of the North!
If you somehow missed it, Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Saturday, bringing home Canada’s first Grand Slam singles title. The 19-year-old now ranks No. 5 in the world in the WTA.
When asked what she had to overcome to win, she called out the crowd for not being on her side during the match. “I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m so sorry,” she said, a Canadian to the end. The Ontario teen first beat the tennis legend at the Rogers Cup in Toronto when Williams retired due to injury.
“I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time,” she explained in a press conference. “After I won the Orange Bowl, I really believed that I could be at this stage and since then, I’ve been visualizing it almost every single day. For it to become a reality, is just so crazy.”
Other tennis fans were just as excited to celebrate her dream moment, with celebs including Shania Twain, Chrissy Teigen and Simu Liu sending Andreescu love on social media since her victory.
— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) September 8, 2019
@Bandreescu_ 19 years old holy cow we get so many more years of watching you. congratulations!
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 7, 2019
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) September 7, 2019
From fellow beloved Canadians, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Raptor Pascal Siakam, to Grammy-award winners Bryan Adams and Alessia Cara, Andreescu is hearing from all sorts of hometown royalty. Even PM Justin Trudeau offered his congratulations, telling her she’s “made history and made a whole country very proud.”
While she hasn’t responded to any of her star-studded Twitter mentions yet, Andreescu did send a message to her fans from the official U.S. Open Tennis account.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2019
“All of your support means so much to me,” she insisted, trophy in hand. “I just gives me extra motivation and it really pumps me up to do even better.