All eyes were on Canadian Bianca Andreescu at the U.S. Open as she beat Serena Williams to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam.
There has been a lot of celebrating going on in Canada and hopefully, we continue to see more of it after Bianca Andreescu pulled off the historic win in the final at the U.S. Open over Serena Williams.
It was a performance that will be remembered for years considering how no other Canadian had made it to the final of the U.S. Open and we have seen tennis players come close but ultimately fall short of winning a tennis major.
Not only was the 19-year-old facing the pressure of trying to win her first Grand Slam title, but she also had to go up against arguably the best women’s tennis player of all-time. That mountain didn’t prove to be that hard to climb even though it wasn’t easy but it made victory even sweeter.
Andreescu was in enemy territory considering the majority of the crowd was rooting for Williams ane even got so loud that the Canadian tried to plug her ears. That can be very nerving but she was able to perform despite that disadvantage and if you thing it wasn’t then you haven’t been in a situation where most of the people are trying to throw you off your game.
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What makes this U.S. Open victory memorable was seeing how far the Thornhill, Ont., native has come since being ranked 178th last year and will move to 5th on Monday. Her parents were Romanian immigrants that came to Canada in 1994 looking for opportunity and were able to provide their daughter with the chance to live out her dream.
Throughout the match, Andreescu was able to match Williams’ power which usually gave her an advantage over her opponents but the young Canadian was not going to back down. Considering how their last match at the Roger’s Cup ended, Andreescu made sure to leave no doubt about how she stacked up with the best in the world.
A win like this now puts Andreescu on a platform she has never seen or experienced and it will be crucial to make sure that she gets to enjoy it. Her achievement was so significant it started a “ShetheNorth” trend on Twitter in reference to the “WetheNoth” slogan from the Toronto Raptors.
You can easily put this accomplishment on the same level as the Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays championship wins but hopefully, this is just the beginning to a promising career. There are many more accomplishments awaiting Andreescu like Wimbledon.
She is just scratching the surface but if her performance taught us anything, it’s that we should get used to seeing her name being the spotlight for years to come.
What are your thoughts on Andreescu winning the U.S. Open? Where does it rank in Canadian sports moments? Let us know in the comments below.