Bianca Andreescu AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Bianca Andreescu’s rise to tennis stardom explained

Bianca Andreescu has officially made a name for herself on the tennis scene.

She claimed her first WTA title earlier this year when she won the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and added a second title in August, when she won the Rogers Cup in her hometown.

Now, she’s become the first Canadian to reach the US Open singles final where she’ll be taking tennis great Serena Williams in the championship match.

And when the new WTA rankings are released on Monday, the Mississauga native will sit in the Top 10.

The numbers below speak for themselves.

Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, smiles as she hugs her trophy after defeating Angelique Kerber, of Germany, in the women’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Andreescu won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By the numbers:

1 – Andreescu is the first Canadian (male or female) to reach the singles final at the US Open.

2 – This will be the second time Andreescu and Williams will meet. The two met in the Rogers Cup final, where Andreescu won the trophy after Williams was forced to forfeit due to a back injury.

3 – Andreescu is the third player in tennis history to reach the US Open final in her first appearance on the main draw. She joins the likes of Pam Shriver (1978) and Venus Williams (1997).

5 – Andreescu’s projected WTA ranking if she wins the US Open.

152 – Andreescu’s WTA ranking on January 1, 2019

15 – Andreescu’s WTA ranking on September 6, 2019

7 – Andreescu holds a record of 7 wins and no losses against Top 10 players this season. The Canadian has beat Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Angelique Kerber (twice), Kiki Bertens, Karolina Pliskova and Serena Williams.

3.85M – This is the amount of money that Andreescu could receive if she wins the US Open. If she loses the final, she will receive $1.9M US. Her career earnings currently sit at $2,417,873.

125K – Before this weekend, Andreescu’s biggest tournament win was the Newport Beach Open in January 2019, where she defeated American Jessica Pegula in three sets to win $125,000 in prize money.

1.35M – Andreescu received a cheque for $1.35 million after winning Indian Wells and cashed in a cool $521,530 after claiming her first Canadian Open title.

2000 – Andreescu was born on June 16, 2000 – 9 months after Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open.

18 – Andreescu was 18 years, 9 months, and 1 day old when she was crowned Indian Wells champion

19 – At age 19, Andreescu became the first teenager to reach the Flushing Meadows final since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.

1999 – Andreescu is the youngest champion of a Premier Mandatory tournament and the youngest Indian Wells champion since Serena Williams won the tournament in 1999

50 – With her victory in the final of the Canadian Open, Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years. Prior to Andreescu winning, the last Canadian to win was Faye Urban Who was victorious in 1969.

8– Serena Williams is Andreescu’s ninth win over a top 20 opponent this season. In addition to Williams, Andreescu also beat Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova at the Rogers Cup. Earlier this year she also dispatched Angelique Kerber in Miami, knocked-off Caroline Wozniaki at the ABS Classic and beat Qiang Wang, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina at Indian Wells.

1 – Andreescu is the first wildcard entry to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells

2 – Andreescu won two Junior Grand Slam titles: the 2017 Australian Open and French Open junior doubles titles with Canadian Carson Branstine

3 – On February 1, 2016, Andreescu reached her highest ranking at the junior level: No. 3

Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, celebrates after defeating Angelique Kerber, of Germany, during the women’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Andreescu won 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

With Andreescu’s determination, skill and unprecedented success, the future is bright for women’s tennis in Canada.