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The 2019 US Open

Last updated on November 3, 2019

By Anika Kangaretnam

Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, kisses the championship trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York on Sept. 7, 2019. (Charles Krupa/The Associated Press)

There was no big surprise from the men’s US Open winner, who has won several grand slams. Rafael Nadal won his 19th grand slam title on Sunday, September 8th, after going against Daniil Medvedev.

On Saturday, September 7th, Bianca Andreescu was the first-ever Canadian to win a grand slam title at the US Open. She’s from Mississauga, and as a reminder, she’s only 19 years old. She went from being ranked 152nd in the world and earning a few thousand dollars at each tournament at the beginning of the year, to getting ranked 5th in the world and earning $3.85 million for winning the finals.

Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu, the 19-year-old tennis star from Mississauga, turned professional in 2017 at only 17 years old. After the US Open, Andreescu went on to play at the China Open, where she lost against Naomi Okada. Nevertheless, Andreescu remains an up-and-coming player. She is ranked #5 in the world for Women’s Tennis.

In the finals, Bianca had to face Serena Williams. It was her first time being in a grand slam final, whereas it was Serena’s 33rd time, and she’s won 23 of those matches. Bianca had to go against a legend, and was clearly feeling ready for the game. In the first set, Bianca had a strong showing of 6-3. In the second set, Serena was catching up with five games, but Bianca pulled through and won at 7-5. She did very well under the pressure of 23,000 people at the US Open, who were all rooting for Serena to win.

“It’s been a goal of mine to inspire many people, especially Canadian athletes.”

Bianca Andreescu, women’s singles champion

Bianca was interviewed after the game, and I’ll mention some key things she said. When asked about the crowd distracting her, she said she was “blocking out the noise.” She also added on by saying, “I could barely hear myself think.” One person asked how her playing is similar to Serena’s, and she answered with, “We like to use our serve to our advantage, and we fight really really hard.” Another question asked was how she felt after winning the finals, and she responded emotionally with,“It’s so crazy man, I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time.” Finally, she said, “It’s been a goal of mine to inspire many people, especially Canadian athletes.”

A 19 year old girl who wasn’t widely known until now was able to beat a well-known champion, and made history doing so. She has also become a role model for other young athletes who have lofty goals they wish to achieve.

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