T.O.’s latest tennis phenom raising a racket after big win
On March 18, Canadians across the country found themselves suddenly aware of a new teen tennis supernova. Eighteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu leaped up the Women’s Tennis Association rankings 36 positions to 24th best in the world after beating out three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber in the finals of the Indian Wells Premier Mandatory Event, one of the top tourneys outside of the four Grand Slams. The youngest champ since Serena Williams in Indian Wells history, Andreescu also became the first wildcard player to to reach the finals. At Newport Beach in January, she passed Eugenie Bouchard as Canada’s top-ranked player. Not bad for someone who started the season at no. 152 in the rankings.
A METEORIC RISE One year ago, Andreescu had a WTA ranking of 198th in the world.