Canadians love a good prodigy. We named Wayne Gretzky "The Great One" when he was just ten years old, and we still call him that today. There's no question that after her outstanding performance at this year's Roger's Cup, Bianca Andreescu is Canada's new golden child. In honour of Bianca Andreescu’s upcoming U.S. Open match this week, we thought we would round up the moments that Canada's rising tennis star has made her country proud.
That time she became the first Canadian woman in 50 years to make the Rogers Cup semifinals.
Although you could argue that it was her rise to the Finals that really mattered, this is the match where Andreescu's talent truly shined. The 19-year-old tennis star made it to the semifinals after defeating Karolina Pliskova, a celebrated player from the Czech Republic, in a nail-biting match. Andreescu soldiered through a groin injury to defeat Pliskova 6-4 in the third set. Forever solidifying herself in Canada’s history.
That time she became the first woman wildcard in history to take home the Indian Wells trophy.
From a wild card to the Indian Wells champion – Bianca Andreescu just made history. Congratulations, @Bandreescu_!… https://t.co/DK5KoHFLxH— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1552868583.0
Andreescu took the tennis world by storm after she defeated Angelique Kerber in an upset victory back in March. In true Andresscu fashion, she used her victory speech to heap praise at her opponent "It was amazing to share the court with you today," she said about Kerber. "You are an incredible champion and an inspiration."
Each time she showed up to support her fellow Canadian athletes.
Andreescu may have the busy schedule of a tennis champion, but she also loves to rock a Raptors or TFC jersey and just be a spectator every once in a while. A display of true Canadian sportsmanship.
When life deals her a difficult hand, she handles it like a real Canuck.
Unfortunately due to ongoing shoulder rehab and recovery, Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from #Wimbledon. See you… https://t.co/YGee0vQ2kM— Tennis Canada (@Tennis Canada)1561403098.0
It’s easy to lose your cool when the going gets tough. However, Andresscu has never smashed her racquet on the ground or gotten bitter over injuries or losses. She simply apologizes and strives to better.
That time she won the Rogers Cup and didn't make it about her.
When Andresscu won the Rogers Cup, she had every right to bask in the glory of her own talent, but instead, she made her victory all about us. She took to Instagram to thank her country, her fans, and for the opportunity to compete and win for them.
That Serena Williams moment.
Serena Williams & Bianca Andreescu are why we love sports https://t.co/HF5BPj2h1i— Reese Waters (@Reese Waters)1565612164.0
This one has been talked about enough, so I’ll just let the video speak for itself. Find a better representation of Canadian sportsmanship. I’ll wait.