When the Toronto Raptors earned their iconic NBA Championship win earlier this summer, their slogan #WeTheNorth became a household phrase, almost overnight. Still reeling from the excitement of the Raptors historic win, Canadians probably didn’t expect to be celebrating yet another groundbreaking sporting triumph for Canada, only a number of weeks later. This time, the focus is on 19-year-old tennis superstar Bianca Andreescu, who has become the first Canadian to reach the U.S. Open final, ever!
19-year-old Bianca Andreescu is now making waves on social media, after becoming the first Canadian in history to make it to the U.S. Open tennis finals. On Saturday, Andreescu will play sporting-legend Serena Williams, in an attempt to win the first Grand Slam title of her career.
Andreescu, who is originally from Mississauga, first faced Williams last month, during the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. When Williams was forced to bow out due to an injury, Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup since 1969.
Despite the momentous win in August, Andreescu will no-doubt be looking forward to taking on Serena Williams again at full fitness, and her opportunity will come again this weekend. While it is likely to be a tense weekend for the Canadian superstar, she can be confident that the whole country is cheering her on!
Bianca, it's amazing to watch you play. Whatever happens Saturday, you've made a whole country proud #SheTheNorth— Richard LaRocque (@Richard LaRocque)1567775251.0
Congrats @Bandreescu_ will we see a passing of the torch🤔🤗 #ShetheNorth #QueenoftheNorth— RitchCay (@RitchCay)1567774642.0
She is for real. She is Canadian and on Saturday she plays Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title. @Bandreescu_ is… https://t.co/sGYpAUTqnK— The Roy Green Show (@The Roy Green Show)1567741591.0
Amazing how social media works. Awesome support for the Canadian tennis player. A month ago most didnt know who sh… https://t.co/lkTHLf7uV4— ForeverCalgaryRed (@ForeverCalgaryRed)1567773796.0
Unbelievable, what more can you say. Unreal battle and heart. Congratulations Bianca!!! #bianca #SheTheNorth… https://t.co/mW0FOpDgQk— Mike Couch (@Mike Couch)1567740499.0
As Andreescu’s success has continued throughout the U.S. Open, one hashtag in particular has taken off, and it might sound pretty familiar. On Twitter, fans from across Canada have shared their support for the 19-year-old, using the Raptors-style slogan, “She the North!”
If that wasn’t enough, Canadians have also awarded the tennis-superstar the nickname “Queen of the North,” which is similar to the title given to Raptors MVP, Kawhi Leonard.
You’ll have a whole country with you tomorrow, @Bandreescu_! 🇨🇦 #SheTheNorth https://t.co/hhYK8cxnuQ— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1567775335.0
#SheTheNorth! @Bandreescu_has taken another step closer to bringing home the #USOpen grand slam title🏆 Congratulati… https://t.co/DPlhqHkfkg— Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦 (@Bonnie Crombie 🇨🇦)1567740802.0
Congratulations @Bandreescu_ ! What an amazing, historic, achievement! #SheTheNorth 🎾🇨🇦🎾 https://t.co/zKmybWPBsM— Doug Ford (@Doug Ford)1567740129.0
Way to go @Bandreescu_! Gutsy match and unbelievable mental toughness! All of Canada will be cheering you on in t… https://t.co/TtEULs4GdX— Catherine McKenna 🇨🇦 (@Catherine McKenna 🇨🇦)1567768258.0
Justin Trudeau also got involved in the tennis celebrations, after Andreescu defeated Switzerland's Belinda Bencic on Thursday night, in a heated bout that ended in 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory. In a tweet on Friday, the Prime Minister wrote, “You’ll have a whole country with you tomorrow,” using the hashtag #SheTheNorth.
The Mississauga Mayor, Bonnie Crombie, also sent support to Andreescu from her hometown, writing, “I bet you can hear Mississauga cheering you on all the way from New York! One more match to go.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford also sent his well-wishes to the tennis player, writing, “What an amazing, historic achievement!”
Andreescu will play Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Finals on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Cheers to another historic Canadian victory, Bianca!