Bianca Andreescu Makes Canadian Tennis History
All hail Bianca Andreescu, queen of the North. The 19-year-old Canadian tennis star is now officially 195 spots closer to number 1 glory on the world tennis ranking and the new number 14 overall. The young star this weekend became the first Canadian ever to bring home a US Open title after she beat her own hero Serena Williams in the women’s final and just about everyone is talking about #SheTheNorth.
Home-town Mississauga, Ont. is especially proud its very own queen and locals could during the match be seen huddled over every conceivable type of screen capable of displaying a score – in backyards, front-yards, pubs and homes. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie offered up heartfelt congratulations to the homegrown tennis star and promised the young Canadian a key to the city. Andreescu and her parents are originally from Romania and the young star grew up as an immigrant in Mississauga. The fourth member of the family is four-legged and fluffier than most. Coco is often seen courtside and appears to be every bit as excited as her human family members about Bianca’s tennis achievements.
Williams The Doting Hero
What was perhaps most touching of all was the reaction of Serena Williams who despite her best efforts, could not stop herself from absolutely beaming with pride at the younger player’s stunning achievement. And Williams is relentlessly chasing a goal of her own. One more Grand Slam win will ensure that the superstar champion is officially the holder of the most Grand Slam victories in the history of the game.
Williams last month lost the Rogers Cup when she faced off against her young Canadian opponent, after having had to withdraw from the match because of an injury.
Congratulations All Round
Toronto City too, added a special touch to its most famous landmark. The city on the evening following the match lit its Toronto sign in gold in honour of Andreescu’s achievement. The Raptors did it all in style by swopping out the team’s signature #WeTheNorth hashtag for #SheTheNorth, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a very special word of congratulations to the young star on social media platform Twitter. The PM wrote to Andreescu that she had not only made history but also made an entire country very proud.
Many others added their voices to the congratulations on Twitter, including tennis legend Billie Jean King, fellow player Simona Halep and of course, Tennis Canada.