Bianca Andreescu got a late start to her 2016 season, but she certainly hasn’t wasted any time making up for the months she missed.
After winning the prestigious Orange Bowl last December and finishing the year at no. 3 on the world junior rankings, the 16-year-old suffered a stress fracture in her foot in January, an injury that kept her out until July. Andreescu returned to action at Wimbledon and she hasn’t missed a beat.
At the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, not only did she win a round in qualifying, but she also inspired young Canadian kids during the Mini Rogers Cup launch alongside her idol, Simona Halep. An experience Andreescu won’t soon forget.
“Meeting Simona and getting to spend time with her was amazing,” Andreescu reflected. “She is someone that I look up to and admire the style of tennis that she plays. The best part was finding out what a humble and nice person she is.”
After Rogers Cup, Andreescu returned to Gatineau where she reached the first pro final of her career in 2015. She actually went one better in 2016 and captured her maiden pro titles in singles and doubles at the $25,000 National Bank Challenger.
“I lost the final in Gatineau last year, so winning the tournament this year was very special,” Andreescu said. “I have always played well in Gatineau so I am very grateful that this is the tournament that gave me my first pro title.”
Andreescu will now switch her focus back to the junior circuit as she prepares to defend her crown in Repentigny beginning this week and compete in the U.S. Open the week after that where she hopes to add to Canada’s junior Grand Slam success in 2016.
“I am very proud of the results that Felix (Auger-Aliassime) and Denis (Shapovalov) have achieved for themselves and for Tennis Canada. It shows that our program is achieving great results on a world stage,” Andreescu said. “I am very driven to achieve similar results for women’s tennis in Canada.”