Has there been a more fairy-tale-like rise to fame in recent memory than Bianca Andreescu's 2019 season? I think not. Bianca went from being an unknown tennis player to one of its biggest stars in the span of a single year, literally catapulting herself from 178 to fourth in the WTA ranking. She set the record for highest ranking by a Canadian women's player beating out Genie Bouchard, who reached number five in October 2014 and came within touching distance of Milos Raonic's overall Canadian record of third in the world.
Unfortunately, when you rocket into the stratosphere like that, the only place left to go is down. Bianca lost her fourth-place ranking after losing her WTA Finals debut against Simona Halep. She was then forced to retire against Karolina Pliskova due to a brutal knee injury. "My knee twisted, I heard a crack, it's cracking every time I walk, and it hurts," Andreescu confessed to her coach Sylvain Bruneau. It was a tragic end to a whirlwind season.
In her latest tweet, Bianca confirmed that this would be it for the 2019 season stating, "2019 tho this szn has been insane. Blessing on blessings thank you God!! & thank you to everyone who supports me through thick and thin. Y'all are real ones oh & Canada stay winnin' fr 2019<2020."
However, despite ending 2019 on a low note, Bianca expressed her gratitude to her fans on Twitter, thanking them for their support during the “insane” season.
Of course, the feeling was mutual and fans flooded to her social media to show their support for the young tennis star.
One Twitter user even stating, "Girl, 2020 going to be even better. Can't wait to see you lifting up some major trophies."
@Bandreescu_ Your the best. Never forget that.— Lizanne Mako (@Lizanne Mako)1572808003.0
@Bandreescu_ Stay strong Bianca, Canada is proud of you— Robert Godin (@Robert Godin)1572814183.0
"This is the last tournament of the year you want to go all out. you're playing at one of the biggest tournaments, and it's not easy, It's been amazing,” Bianca told Tennis World USA about her thoughts on the future.
Of course, even throughout her fast rise to fame, it seems Andreescu has remained humble, even adding, “I really can't complain. I made history in Canada. I won my first slam. My game just keeps getting better and better. The thing with me, though, is that I'm never really satisfied.”
Here’s to hoping that Andreescu is able to recover and come back stronger than ever in 2020.