There is a lot to say about Bianca Andreescu, more than one article can adequately express.
For now, let’s start with this: She is the first Canadian to win a major singles tennis championship — in the Open Era or at any point in history, woman or man.
She is the first teenager to win a women’s tennis singles title in 13 years, since Maria Sharapova won the 2006 U.S. Open.
She has won a major tournament in her fourth main-draw appearance at a major. How big a deal is that, along with everything else?
Try this on for size:
Bianca Andreescu has tied Monica Seles for the fastest path from Slam debutante to Slam Champion.
Seles won 1990 Roland Garros in her 4th major appearance.
Andreescu wins 2019 US Open in her 4th major appearance. https://t.co/z5XqPrytPV
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 7, 2019
Bianca Andreescu isn’t just a U.S. Open champion; she won this tournament in her FIRST main-draw appearance in New York.
She hasn’t lost a full-length match played in the United States or Canada this year. The loss in Miami was shortened because of a retirement connected to the shoulder injury which kept her off the court for four months.
A lack of experience? Didn’t matter at the U.S. Open.
Recent injuries? Didn’t matter.
Lots of up-and-down three-set battles, when the margins NORMALLY catch up with players who keep living on th edge? Didn’t matter.
Lose a 5-1 lead to Serena Williams — SERENA FREAKING WILLIAMS — in front of 23,000 people screaming maniacally, in the U.S. Open final? Didn’t matter.
Down 5-2 to Belinda Bencic in the second set of the semifinals on Thursday? Didn’t matter.
Nothing matters to Bianca Vanessa Andreescu, who not only stood up to every player she faced at this tournament, but also stood up to every kind of challenge imaginable.
She stood up to the challenge of losing a first set to Elise Mertens.
She stood up to the challenge of playing a net-rusher, Taylor Townsend, in round four.
She stood up to the challenge of being a favorite in the first week.
She stood up to a player — Bencic — who largely outplayed her in a match, and managed to steal it by playing the big points better.
She stood up to a 23-time major champion who had a roaring crowd behind her in a major final.
Bianca Andreescu was not a player who lucked her way into the final because the competition just wasn’t that good. Bencic is a top-12 player. Mertens is a former major semifinalist. Caroline Wozniacki is a major champion. Yet, it was still reasonable to say, “Well, these other women aren’t giants of the game. SERENA will have the answers for her. SERENA won’t let her off the hook if her game dips.”
It was a reasonable thought.
Yet, Andreescu dismissed it. She has short-circuited every possible attempt to diminish her achievement. She has thwarted every argument that her championship is a product of a weak WTA Tour. Those arguments simply don’t hold up.
This is NOT a product of a weak tour which can’t find answers for Andreescu… unless you want to say that Serena is second-rate.
Good luck with that.
No, the WTA Tour was and is formidable… but Bianca Andreescu asked the toughest questions over two weeks in New York. She has made history for Canada in a golden year for Canadian sports.
In June: We The North.
In September: She The North.
Bianca Andreescu owns the tennis world, months after the Toronto Raptors owned the basketball universe.
It’s good to be a Canadian sports fan, and it’s great to be Bianca Andreescu, an instant Canadian sports icon at age 19.