19yo tennis rising star, Canadian Bianca Andreescu, of Romanian origin, has defeated 6-3, 7-5 veteran Serena Williams in the US Open final to claim a first Grand Slam title.
“This year has been a dream come true. I am beyond grateful and truly blessed. I’ve worked really hard for this moment. To play on this stage against Serena – a true legend of the sport – is amazing,” said Bianca.
Andreescu is the first Canadian to win a tennis major and the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova claimed the 2006 title at Flushing Meadows.
“If anyone else could win the US Open—except for Venus—I’m glad it’s Bianca,” William said.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has congratulated Bianca (again) on Twitter: “Congratulations @Bandreescu_! You’ve made history and made a whole country very proud.”
While posing for the official photos with the trophy after the match, Bianca’s coach Sylvain Bruneau was told he was holding his coach’s trophy backwards. “I’m not used to this,” he said shyly. “Get used to it,” Andreescu replied smiling.
Bianca’s Romanian parents Nicu and Maria emigrated to Canada in the 1990s.
A graduate from the University of Craiova in Romania, Maria Andreescu earned an MBA in financial management, and works as a compliance officer for an investment firm in Toronto. Her husband, Nicu Andreescu, graduated from Technical University of Brasov with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and has worked as an auto engineer at Matcor Automotive Inc since they moved to Canada in 1996.
“We arrived in Canada with two suitcases and that’s all,” Nicu Andreescu told the Globe and Mail in a past interview “We had a great first impression when we arrived, having come from a former communist country. We wanted to go to Canada and start a new life and have a better future for any kids we might have.”
Bianca was born on June 15, 2000, and while the mother and daughter briefly returned to Romania so Maria could run a trucking business, they returned to Canada for good a few years later.