Bianca Andreescu’s former coach reflects on tennis champ’s early ambitions

19-year-old Bianca Andreescu is the first Canadian to ever win a Grand Slam tournament

19-year-old Bianca Andreescu is the first Canadian to ever win a Grand Slam tournament

"She's put Canada back on the global tennis map ...and (I'm proud) that a Canadian girl could come so far so fast in her tennis career". Andreescu, who earned US$3.85 million for the victory, finished the 2018 season ranked No. 152 in the world.

As the 19-year-old continued her media tour south of the border, the jubilation over her win continued to the north. There are still three big events remaining in the WTA tennis calendar to earn significant points, and considering Andreescu didn't play any of those events a year ago, she can only gain the rest of the way here.

Andreescu won at Indian Wells and in the Rogers Cup, too, and reached a career-high number five in the WTA rankings on Monday following her NY success.

152: Her ranking in the world at the start of 2019. I know they can't always travel.

There's nothing more "Canadian", or so goes the cliché, than a big show of humility.

While appearing on The View on Monday, Andreescu - whose victory marked her first Grand Slam title, ever - said of apologizing, "That's such a Canadian thing to do". Both reached the top five but weren't there for the long-term.

The No. 1 spot has been a revolving door of late with Ashleigh Barty of Australia the latest to hold the position.

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The Japanese, who also beat Williams in last year's final, slipped to fourth in the rankings with Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova and Ukraine's Elina Svitolina leapfrogging her to move up to second and third respectively. "She may have the best all-around combination of skills, athleticism and mental fortitude to be the one to rise above the pack and be the lead".

Her decision to skip the Cincinnati tournament after winning in Toronto looks brilliant in hindsight. The next big circle on the calendar is the October 27-Nov. Andreescu's now-famous "so sorry" came after she was asked about the most hard thing she had to overcome.

"I was very impressed with how composed she was and very focussed", added the civic leader.

"She went and embraced Serena in a way that I thought showed great maturity and great compassion", the mayor said.

"There are so many young Canadian tennis players and athletes from all kinds of sports who watched what happened this weekend and have been following Bianca", Bettauer said.

"She is their star, their role model, their hero". "Even if she could change, she might not want to".

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