The Rise and Rise of Bianca Andreescu

The Rise and Rise of Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, will play her first Grand Slam final on Saturday against Serena Williams. After Andreescu defeated Belinda Bencic in the semifinals on Thursday night, Pam Shriver of ESPN told her in a postmatch interview that a year ago, “I don’t think I’d heard of you.” Shriver would not be alone.

Andreescu has had a stunningly rapid rise to the top of tennis since this time last year, compiling a 44-4 record.

Aug. 22, 2018

In the first round of the United States Open qualifying tournament, Andreescu loses to Olga Danilovic, 6-3, 7-5.

Nov. 18, 2018

After the official end of the 2018 WTA season, Andreescu wins a small tournament in Norman, Okla., where the total prize money pot is $25,000

Dec. 28, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019

Seeded fifth in the qualifying draw of the WTA tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Andreescu begins her 2019 season with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kristina Kucova.

Over the next week, Andreescu defeats three seeded players — No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, the seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and Hsieh Su-wei — to reach her first WTA final. Andreescu loses the final to the defending champion Julia Görges, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Jan. 14-16

After winning three matches to qualify for the Australian Open, Andreescu gets her first Grand Slam main-draw win against the American wild card Whitney Osuigwe.

Two days later, Andreescu loses in the second round to the 13th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. It remains the most recent Grand Slam loss Andreescu has had.

Jan. 25

During the second week of the Australian Open, Andreescu routs Eugenie Bouchard, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarterfinals of a lower-tier WTA event in Newport Beach, Calif. Bouchard, a finalist at Wimbledon in 2014, had been the most successful Canadian player in women’s tennis this century. Andreescu goes on to win the tournament, the biggest title of her career at that point. She improved her record for the year to 16-2.

Feb. 9-10

Andreescu wins two matches in Fed Cup in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands to lead Canada to the playoff round.

March 1

Andreescu loses to Sofia Kenin, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the semifinals of the Mexican Open in Acapulco. It is the last completed match she has lost.

March 13-17

Andreescu turns heads by routing two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the prestigious tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Four days later, Andreescu wins a roller-coaster final to claim the biggest title of her career so far, beating the eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. She is now 28-3 in the 2019 season.

March 23-25

Andreescu beats Kerber for the second time in seven days, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, in the third round of the Miami Open. Andreescu struggled with her right shoulder during the match, and called for a visit from the trainer. As they meet at the net to shake hands, Kerber calls Andreescu “the biggest drama queen ever.”

Andreescu withdrew from Cincinnati soon after winning in Toronto in order to rest for the U.S. Open.

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