In spring 2019, 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu was an unseeded wild card entering the BNP Paribas Open against some of the best players in the game. Through what New York Times sports reporter Christopher Clarey describes as top class “athleticism and spirit,” she went on to beat the No.6 seed in the world and former world No. 1 to win the prize. Then, later in the year, Andreescu defeated Serena Williams in the United States Open championship and became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles.
The young player, who is reportedly blessed with a contagious air of utter self belief, was born near Toronto and started playing tennis at seven years old in her parents’ native Romania. She returned to Canada a few years later, opting to play and train at home rather than live at a national training centre in Montreal.
“I think when I play these [top] players my best tennis comes out,” Andreescu said in an interview with The Telegraph. “Because I have no choice, right?”
The player was forced to bow out of the Australian Open in early 2020 due to knee injury suffered during WTA finals in October in Shenzen, China.Tags: Canada, Sport, Tennis