Toronto native Bianca Andreescu has been named the WTA Breakthrough of the Month for July 2017 after qualifying for her first professional Grand Slam main draw at Wimbledon and making the quarterfinals in her first WTA tournament at Citi Open.
Andreescu joins Genie Bouchard as the only Canadians to have won the WTA Breakthrough of the Month award.
The world no. 144 has had an impressive first half of the season which was really highlighted by her July performance. This past month Andreescu qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw at the professional level at Wimbledon. She did so without dropping a set.
From there Andreescu received a wildcard into the Citi Open in Washington. There she made history after defeating world no. 70 Camila Giorgi and became the youngest Canadian to win a WTA main draw match since 1988. She also made history in her next match, where she became the first player born after 2000 to defeat a Top 20 opponent. Andreescu defeated world no. 13 Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-3 to make the quarter-finals in her first WTA event.
17-year-old Andreescu beat out fellow rising stars Catherine ‘CiCi’ Bellis and Katerina Siniakova for the award. Bellis (no. 36) made the semi-finals in Stanford to earn her nomination while Siniakova (no. 40) defeated the Top 3 seeds in Bastad en route to her second title of the season.
Andreescu is the youngest player to win Breakthrough of the Month this season. She joins other recipients such as Australian Open semi-finalist CoCo Vandeweghe, Roland Garros quarter-finalist Kristina Mladenovic and champion Jelena Ostapenko, and Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova.
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