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Throwback: Andreescu breaks through on home soil

Oct 12, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Before she became a junior Grand Slam champion and Fed Cup hero for Canada, Bianca Andreescu enjoyed a career breakthrough on home soil at the Saguenay National Bank Challenger and Tevlin Challenger last fall.

Now, the 17-year-old Mississauga native is back and stronger than ever.

At 16-years-old and playing in her first Saguenay main draw, Andreescu enjoyed an emphatic run all the way to the final. She defeated Jovana Jaksic, Lauren Albanese, Harriet Dart, and Jennifer Brady en route to the final, before falling to Catherine Bellis.

Andreescu also appeared in the doubles final alongside compatriot Charlotte Robillard-Millette. The teenagers nearly captured their first Challenger doubles title but fell just short in a third set tiebreak over Elena Bogdan and Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania.

Following Saguenay, Andreescu returned to Toronto and reached the quarterfinals of the Tevlin Challenger. She defeated fellow Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Françoise Abanda, each in three tight sets, to reach the quarters. Andreescu/Robillard-Millette also returned and made the semifinals, falling to eventual champions Dabrowski and Michaella Krajicek.

After these impressive runs on home soil, Andreescu carried her momentum to Melbourne where she made the semifinals in the girls’ Australian Open draw and won the doubles title with Carson Branstine. From there, Andreescu picked up her first career Challenger titles in Santa Fe and Italy as well as her second Grand Slam doubles title with Branstine.

In the summer of 2017, Andreescu made tennis history by becoming the youngest Canadian woman to win a WTA main draw match since 1998 and the first player born after 2000 to reach the quarterfinals in a WTA event. She was awarded the WTA Breakthrough of the Month in July.

Catch more exciting moments from one of Canada’s brightest up-and-comers this fall as she returns to Saguenay (October 23-29) and Toronto (October 30-November 5).