Canadian tennis history was made last night after 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu became the first woman wildcard in the BNP Paribas Open to win the Indian Wells Trophy. Mississauga, Ontario-born Andreescu brought the tennis world to its knees by defeating Angelique Kerber in an upset victory on Sunday.
“Hopefully this moment can be a great inspiration for many young athletes because like I always say if you believe in yourself anything is possible,” Andreescu gushed in an emotional on-court interview following her groundbreaking victory. “And like my mom always told me through the years, if you work hard, you dream big to get big then you can accomplish so many things.”
The young player earned $1,354,010 million for defeating Kerber whom she, in true Canadian fashion, praised during humble comments about her German adversary. "It was amazing to share the court with you today," she said about Kerber. "You are an incredible champion and an inspiration."
A star is born, congratulations @Bandreescu_ what a fighter you are.— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) March 17, 2019
Andreescu's victory set fire to social media with everyone from Justin Trudeau to tennis legend Ron Laver weighing in on her inspiring performance:
UNBELIEVABLE!!!!🇨🇦🙌🏽 So pumped 💪🏽 @Bandreescu_— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) March 17, 2019
👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 https://t.co/FiXVoeJ2kC— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) March 17, 2019
It wasn’t an easy victory for the young tennis champ. In fact, it was a downright painful one. According to Global News the 18-year-old had informed her coach, Sylvain Bruneau, of a serious dilemma during the match. “My feet were burning” exclaimed Andreescu when recalling what she had told her mentor who like any good teacher told his student to keep pushing forward.
Andreescu was a central focus of the women’s circuit in 2019, and with her impressive victory on Sunday capping off an already remarkable season, there is no limit to what the future may hold for this young up-and-comer.