Bianca Andreescu’s rise to tennis stardom explained
Bianca Andreescu has officially made a name for herself on the tennis scene.
She claimed her first WTA title earlier this year when she won the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and added a second title in August, when she won the Rogers Cup in her hometown. Then, she defeated tennis legend Serena Williams at the US Open to become the first Canadian tennis player in history to win a Grand Slam singles championship title.
Now, the Mississauga-native sits in the Top 5 WTA rankings as at No. 4.
The numbers below speak for themselves.
By the numbers:
1 – Andreescu is the first Canadian (male or female) to win a Grand Slam singles championship.
2 – The US Open was the second time Andreescu and Williams have met on the court. The two previously met in the Rogers Cup final, where Andreescu won the trophy after Williams was forced to forfeit due to a back injury.
3 – Andreescu is the third player in tennis history to reach the US Open final in her first appearance on the main draw. She joins the likes of Pam Shriver (1978) and Venus Williams (1997).
4 – Andreescu’s WTA ranking on October 21, 2019 – becoming the highest-ranked Canadian tennis player in WTA Tour history.
7 – Andreescu holds a record of 7 wins and no losses against Top 10 players this season. The Canadian has beat Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Angelique Kerber (twice), Kiki Bertens, Karolina Pliskova and Serena Williams.
15 – Andreescu’s WTA ranking on September 6, 2019.
17 – Her longest winning streak so far, spanning from the Miami Open in March 2019 where she defeated Anett Kontaveit to the China Open in September 2019 where she lost against Naomi Osaka in the semifinals.
152 – Andreescu’s WTA ranking on January 1, 2019.
3.85M – This is the amount of money that Andreescu received after winning the US Open. Her career earnings currently sit at $6,455,038.
1.35M – Andreescu received a cheque for $1.35 million after winning Indian Wells and cashed in a cool $521,530 after claiming her first Canadian Open title.
162K – Before the US Open, Andreescu’s biggest tournament win was the Newport Beach Open in January 2019, where she defeated American Jessica Pegula in three sets to win $162,480 in prize money.
2000 – Andreescu was born on June 16, 2000 – 9 months after Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
1999 – Andreescu is the youngest champion of a Premier Mandatory tournament and the youngest Indian Wells champion since Serena Williams won the tournament in 1999
50 – With her victory in the final of the Canadian Open, Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years. Prior to Andreescu winning, the last Canadian to win was Faye Urban Who was victorious in 1969.
19 – At age 19, Andreescu became the first teenager to reach the Flushing Meadows final since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.
18 – Andreescu was 18 years, 9 months, and 1 day old when she was crowned Indian Wells champion
8 – Serena Williams is Andreescu’s ninth win over a top 20 opponent this season. In addition to Williams, Andreescu also beat Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova at the Rogers Cup. Earlier this year she also dispatched Angelique Kerber in Miami, knocked-off Caroline Wozniaki at the ABS Classic and beat Qiang Wang, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina at Indian Wells.
2 – Andreescu won two doubles Junior Grand Slam titles: the Australian Open and French Open titles with Canadian Carson Branstine in 2017
1 – Andreescu is the first wildcard entry to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells
With Andreescu’s determination, skill and unprecedented success, the future is bright for women’s tennis in Canada.