Today is our Bianca Andreescu’s 17th birthday! After wrapping up a sensational season and making her mark on Canadian tennis, she is now striding into a promising new year in which she’ll make an early transition to the pro tour.
But before we turn the page, we’re taking a look back at 17 of last season’s highlights.
1 – Canada into World Group II!
Bianca racked up the biggest win of her career when she surprised world no.51 Yaroslava Shvedova in the Fed Cup showdown between Canada and Kazakhstan. Her two-set win (7-6(1), 6-4) led the nation to 3-2 in the head-to-head and a spot in World Group II in 2018.
“This weekend has been a great experience for me and I enjoyed every moment. I showed that I am able to compete with Top 50 players and I am proud of my performance.
This is the most important win for me so far.”
— Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 23, 2017
2 – Bianca breaks the ice with her first professional titles
Yes, titles. Two, in fact. At the National Bank Challenger in Gatineau last summer, Bianca hit two targets with one bullet when she claimed the doubles and singles titles. First, she defeated Ellie Halbauer of the US in two sets (6-4-, 7-6) in the singles event and then teamed up with Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Québec to oust Mana Ayukama of Japan and Samantha Murray of Great Britain in the doubles final.
3 – Showdown in Saguenay
Bianca had another great week of tennis at the National Bank Challenger in Saguenay, where she reached the finals in the singles and doubles events. She fell to first-seed Catherine Bellis of the US in what was her most important WTA final. Bianca is the youngest player ever to reach the final of the Saguenay Challenger and her appearance helped her break into the WTA Top 400 for the very first time.
Saguenay 50k finalist💪🏽👊🏽Thank you all for the ongoing support💘 pic.twitter.com/jd9NurvAo5
— Bianca V. Andreescu (@Bandreescu_) October 24, 2016
4 – A second win
The Torontonian made a splash at a second pro event at the Rancho Santa Fe tournament in California. There, she got the better of four higher ranked players. In the final, she topped first-seed Kayla Day of the US in two sets (6-4, 6-1).
5 – Three is the magic number
In the Italian city of Santa Margherita di Pula, Bianca posted another win and earned her third title on the Challenger circuit. In the final, she eliminated Bernarda Pera of the US in a marathon two-setter (6-7(8) 6-2, 7-6(8)).
6 – Rogers Cup debut
At Rogers Cup in Montréal, Bianca surprised world no.101 Samantha Crawford (7-6(3), 7-5) to reach the second qualifying round and secure what was the biggest win of her career up until then. The young Canadian, who had received a wildcard into the tournament, proved that she has earned her place among the world’s elite.
— Canada's Tennis News (@CdnTennisNews) July 23, 2016
7 – Career high ranking
On April 17, 2017, Bianca reached a career high ranking when she became world no.188 on the WTA Tour. And she’s just getting started!
8 – World premier at Wimbledon
A player never forgets her or his very first appearance at Wimbledon. Last summer, at just 16 years old, Bianca stepped out onto the courts of the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. She fought her way into the third round in the girls’ singles event but eventually fell to Usue Maitane Arconada of the US.
9 – Semis in New York
At the US Open Junior Tennis Championship, Bianca delivered a stunning performance: she eliminated five young Americans and played her way into the semifinals of the girls’ singles event in her best Grand Slam performance to date.
— Bianca V. Andreescu (@Bandreescu_) September 9, 2016
10 – Semis in Melbourne, too
The young prodigy followed up her US Open performance by reaching the semifinals of a Grand Slam event for a second consecutive time. In Australia, she never gave away more than four games in a set until her semifinal match. She lost to Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland (6-4, 6-7(5), 0-6).
11 – Grand Slam doubles champ
The singles event may not have gone her way but, along with fellow Canadian Carson Branstine, Bianca overpowered the Polish team of Maja Chwalinska and Iga Swiatek (6-1, 7-6(4)) to claim her very first Grand Slam title.
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) January 27, 2017
12 – Undefeated in the Americas
In her Fed Cup debut, Bianca posted a perfect record of six wins in the Americas Zone. As the number one player, she led Canada to victories over Venezuela, Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile.
13 – Fed Cup Heart Award
Bianca’s Fed Cup performances earned her the Fed Cup Heart Award, which is handed out to players who represent their country with distinction based on popular vote.
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) April 3, 2017
14 – Canada’s player of the year
For a second consecutive year, Bianca was among Canada’s best junior players, along with Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.
“Bianca, Denis, and Felix have already accomplished so much, and have the drive, passion, and talent to take their careers to even greater places. They have brought such excitement to Canadian tennis this year, and there is no doubt the future is shining bright! A huge congratulations to Bianca, Denis, and Felix for all of your well-deserved success in 2016 and we wish you the absolute best of luck next season.” Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada.
15 – Canada’s most improved
Following a foot injury that kept her out for the first half of the 2016 season, Bianca made a tremendous comeback and dominated until the year’s end. Her progress earned her the title of Canada’s most improved player.
16 – Winner of the Rene Simpson-Collins Excellence Award
Bianca was also the very first recipient of the Rene Simpson-Collins Excellence Award. Handed out by Tennis Canada, the honour recognizes a girls’ junior player who stands out on the court and embodies the values held by Rene Simpson-Collins, former WTA player and captain of Canada’s Fed Cup team, who was especially recognized for her courage and integrity.
17 – Extraordinary one-on-one
Bianca had the chance to meet her idol Simona Halep at an activity organized during Rogers Cup in Montréal when both players were the guests of honour at the launch of Mini Rogers Cup. The young Canadian surprised Halep by speaking to her in Romanian, her first language. Bianca was charmed and inspired by her tennis hero. The world no.4 even gave her some advice.
— Bianca V. Andreescu (@Bandreescu_) July 23, 2016
We wish Bianca a new year that’s just as memorable and can’t wait to see what the future holds for our young prodigy. There’s no doubt that she’ll continue to reach new heights in the years to come.