Sept. 7, 2019 will be a day that Bianca Andreescu and the Canadian sports history books will never forget.
Playing against one of the greatest that the sport has ever seen in Serena Williams, the 19-year-old bent but refused to break in front of a boisterous crowd during the US Open final. In the process, she became the first Grand Slam singles champion from Canada.
Although she wasn’t even born when Williams won her first US Open, Andreescu stayed composed as the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium slowly came back to life during the valiant comeback by the 23-time Grand Slam champion in the match’s second set that inevitably came up short.
Following plenty of heartwarming celebration after securing championship point, the Mississauga, Ont. native remained calm and humble during her interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.
In fact, one might call the performance with a microphone in her face quite Canadian.
“Definitely the crowd,” she said with the laugh when asked what she had to overcome to ensure the second set didn’t slip through her fingers. “I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m so sorry.”
One thing that she won’t be sorry about is all of the money she’s been raking in due to her ridiculously successful season. Along with the prestige that comes with a triumph of this magnitude, Andreescu collected $3.85 million (USD).
With that kind of dough, she’ll have plenty in the bank to send some sort of apology card or gift to every single Serena fan that was in attendance.
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