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Sports#SheTheNorth: Bianca Andreescu always dreamed big. Now she's inspiring others to do the same.

02:30  08 september  2019
02:30  08 september  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

‘Is This Real Life?’ Yes, and Bianca Andreescu Is the Real Deal

‘Is This Real Life?’ Yes, and Bianca Andreescu Is the Real Deal It will be the teen prodigy Bianca Andreescu against the former teen prodigy Belinda Bencic in the semifinals of the United States Open on Thursday night. Neither has been this deep into a Grand Slam tournament before, and Andreescu, a 19-year-old from Canada, had never even played a main-draw match at the U.S. Open until this year. “This is honestly so crazy,” the 15th-seeded Andreescu said after her 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Elise Mertens on Wednesday night. “A year ago, I was in the qualifying round. I remember I was suffering from a back injury, and now what I’ve accomplished this year, I’m honestly speechless. I need someone to pinch me right now.

Now she ' s inspiring others to do the same . Long before she ever became a household name, Bianca Andreescu had her sights set on greatness It's the kind of determination her former coach Aref Jallali says immediately set Andreescu apart from the other kids. "She writes 'I won' on her

Andreescu put her hands over her mouth in awe after the match when the on-court interviewer mentioned that she was the first Canadian to win a major. # SheTheNorth : Bianca Andreescu always dreamed big . Now she ' s inspiring others to do the same .

Long before she ever became a household name, Bianca Andreescu had her sights set on greatness — quite literally, with the words 'I won' written on her hand before taking to the court.

It's the kind of determination her former coach Aref Jallali says immediately set Andreescu apart from the other kids.

"She writes 'I won' on her hand and she shows it to me: 'Aref, I won! I'm going to get it done and come out,'" Jallali recalled. "She still has that type of determination. If she wants something she'll get it, since she was young."

Even at age 11, he says, Andreescu dreamt big.

And so asked if he is at all surprised by the 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont.'s meteoric rise to tennis stardom, Jallali responds resolute: "Nope, never."

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 Ranking: 208 In the first round of the United States Open qualifying tournament, Andreescu loses to Olga Danilovic, 6-3, 7-5. Nov.

Canada has its first grand slam singles winner in tennis, as Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams in Saturday' s US Open final. Williams has now lost her last four grand slam finals, meaning she remains one major shy of the all-time record.

Bianca Andreescu has participated in just four majors in her brief career so far. Andreescu had lost in the opening round of qualifying last year. The hashtag # SheTheNorth shot to the top of Canada' s trending topics on Twitter, as social media users reimagined the "We the North" slogan used by the

#SheTheNorth: Bianca Andreescu always dreamed big. Now she's inspiring others to do the same.© Submitted by Aref Jallali Bianca Andreescu, left, and coach Aref Jallali, right, in 2014 when she won Les Petits As, one of the world's most prestigious youth tennis tournaments.

#SheTheNorth

The Bianca buzz is at an all-time high for the next generation of tennis players. Online, she's been crowned with the hashtag #SheTheNorth, parallelling one Torontonians tweeted all the way to the Raptors' 2019 NBA Finals win.

On Saturday, Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, beating Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the U.S. Open women's final in New York.

And that a kid from Toronto could defeat one of tennis's undisputed legends, Serena Williams, is inspiring even the youngest tennis enthusiasts to reach for greatness too.

Twitter Reaction: Canada celebrates Andreescu’s historic win at U.S. Open

Twitter Reaction: Canada celebrates Andreescu’s historic win at U.S. Open Canadians all across the country are taking to social media to celebrate Bianca Andreescu’s U.S. Open crown. Here’s a look at the best of Twitter’s #SheTheNorth outpouring so far. The post Twitter Reaction: Canada celebrates Andreescu’s historic win at U.S. Open appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

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During her flurry of appearances on big U. S . TV shows over the past two days, Andreescu told Jimmy Fallon that she had yet to hear from the Toronto rapper. Tennis Canada staffers – all decked in red # SheTheNorth T-shirts – had just surprised the hometown kid with an impromptu reception.

Sara Bosch, 10, is one of them.

"I find that she always perseveres and never stops," Reuter said at a tennis tournament in Toronto ahead of her hometown idol's historic match. "It makes me feel like maybe one day I can be as good as her."

#SheTheNorth: Bianca Andreescu always dreamed big. Now she's inspiring others to do the same.© Submitted by Aref Jallali Long before she ever became a household name, Bianca Andreescu had her sights set on greatness — quite literally, with the words 'I won' written on her hand before taking to the court.

As of Saturday, Nikita Reuter, eight, hadn't decided whether Andreescu or Williams was her favourite.

But knowing that someone from so close to home could soar to the heights of tennis, Reuter said, "I feel like I can make it past anything."

And the significance of the moment wasn't lost on 13-year-old Jenson Bicanic either.  "It's been 40 years since a Canadian has been in the finals of a U.S. Open, so that's pretty big."

'It's like me playing in the finals'

Bicanic had the chance to be the ballboy for Andreescu at the Rogers Cup.

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"I think the momentum of everyone' s success is pushing all the other Canadians to do better. It' s really good for motivation and Canadian tennis." As Bianca

"She was very kind... very active and fun, fully of joy," he said, recalling meeting her before match.

#SheTheNorth: Bianca Andreescu always dreamed big. Now she's inspiring others to do the same.© Michael Charles Cole/CBC Aref Jallali coached Andreescu from ages 11-13, ahead of the Les petits As - one of the most prestigious youth tennis tournaments.

But on the court, it's all strategy, he says.

"I like how aggressive she is... She always moves around the other player," said Bicanic.

Tennis coach Rachel Gould says she can see Andreescu's inspiration firing up young players and says the star is making a real impact in terms of growing the sport in Canada.

"I think overall there's more players coming out and playing even, with parents, especially more and more females. I'd say more girls playing this year I think as well," she said, adding she hopes to see that interest extend past this season.

#SheTheNorth: Bianca Andreescu always dreamed big. Now she's inspiring others to do the same.© Michael Charles Cole/CBC Sara Bosch, 10, says Andreescu is an inspiration to her.

Besides, you never know where the next Andreescu might be playing.

"It's like me playing in the finals of the U.S. Open in like five years," said Bicanic. "It inspires me a lot."

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