Arthur Ashe Stadium in NYC may have been filled with fans cheering every point American tennis powerhouse Serena Williams won this weekend, but proud Canadians were cheering just as loudly from their homes north of the border. Not for Williams of course, but for their new sweetheart, tennis upstart Bianca Andreescu. This teenager first captured our attention last January when she defeated some big talent in New Zealand’s ASB Challenge and then qualified for the Australian Open a few days later.
Yesterday, we proud Canadians were riveted to our TVs as Bianca Andreescu dethroned Williams with an incredible show of steely determination, perseverance and youthful charm. What a matchup; David and Goliath revisited. Andreescu as the inexperienced underdog, playing in her very first (but I’m betting not her last) US Open, against the seasoned veteran Williams playing in her 24th.
Andreescu’s composure was incredible with the fans roaring their approval of Williams’ every move. When it appeared that Williams was mounting a comeback in the second set, Andreescu dug deep, rebounding from a change in momentum with fierce and impressive passion, winning two straight sets for the victory.
After winning the Canadian open just last month, Andreescu moved up to a ranking of 14th, from 152nd at the beginning of the year. By the way, she was the first Canadian woman to win that title since 1969, gathering fans across our country. With her remarkable win in the US Open yesterday, at just 19 years of age, she became the first Canadian to win a grand slam event. Not to mention, the first woman ever to win the US Open in her first attempt.
What a year! 35 million proud Canadians are very impressed!