ANDREESCU BECOMES FIRST CANADIAN GRAND SLAM SINGLES CHAMPION

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    Bianca Andreescu

    On Saturday, Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) became the first Canadian player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 at the US Open. The 19-year-old was playing in the main draw for the very first time in Flushing Meadows. Her win will propel her into the Top 5 in the WTA rankings.

    After losing in the qualifying round at the 2018 US Open, Andreescu came back just one year later to capture the most important title in her young career. She got off to a strong start in her first Grand Slam final, taking an early break and eventually going up a set. In the second, she raced out to a quick lead, but the experienced Williams was not going to go down without a fight. Trailing 5-1 in the second set, the American clawed her way back into the match, bringing it to five-all. But Andreescu, known for playing her best tennis in big moments, stepped up to the plate and got the late break she needed to capture her maiden Grand Slam title.

    “I was feeling many, many things before the match, more than any other match,” she said in her post-match press conference. “In the finals, playing Serena. I just tried to breathe as much as I could from the moment I woke up until the match. I tried to just do that throughout the whole match, to just keep my nerves in place.”

    Andreescu has had a meteoric rise in 2019. She ended her 2018 campaign ranked no. 178 in the world and was experiencing some injury problems. She then went on a deep run early in the year at a WTA tournament in Auckland, eventually falling in the final to Julia Goerges. She would continue the momentum she built throughout the season, moving up over 170 spots in the rankings and going undefeated against every Top 10 player she faced, with 8 wins and counting.

    “This has been my dream. There are so many emotions going through my body right now, it’s really hard to describe,” said a speechless Andreescu just moments after her win.

    On Monday, she will see her ranking rise up to no. 5, which is a career-best for the young Canadian. She also has yet to lose a completed match since February, putting up an impressive record of 45 wins and only 5 losses in 2019. Earlier this year, she captured the WTA titles in Indians Wells and at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.