TORONTO – Most Canadians had never heard of Bianca Andreescu a year ago but on Sunday they woke up to realise her U.S. Open triumph was not a dream and she had in fact claimed the country's first Grand Slam singles title.
All of Canada, it seemed, was clinging on to Andreescu's every shot during a bold and brilliant performance on Saturday in which she dominated rallies with punishing groundstrokes to overwhelm tennis great Serena Williams in straight sets.
The 19-year-old's triumph, which came in her U.S. Open main draw debut and against the undisputed queen of the sport, was the latest step in a meteoric rise for Andreescu and it dominated front pages across the country.
French-language newspaper Le Journal De Montreal crowned Andreescu the new queen with its "La Nouvelle Reine" headline, which featured a full-page photo of her on court kissing the U.S. Open trophy.
"QUEEN B!," read the Toronto Star's front page headline.