Teen from Canada surprises world at tennis tournament
Bianca Andreescu defeats high-ranking players including tennis legend Venus Williams
UPDATE: On Jan. 5, Andreescu beat Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan in the semifinals, but she lost to Germany's Julia Goerges in the finals on Jan 6.
Bianca Andreescu has had an unforgettable week.
The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., is making history at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Bianca Andreescu hits a return against American Venus Williams during their women's singles quarter-final match on Jan. 4. (David Rowland/AFP/Getty Images)
On Thursday, she beat Caroline Wozniacki and on Friday, she beat Venus Williams.
To give you a sense of how big of a deal this is, let’s break it down:
- Andreescu is ranked the 152nd-best female tennis player in the world.
- Wozniacki is ranked No. 3.
- Williams is ranked No. 39, and was previously No. 1.
Dream come true for Andreescu
“I’ve dreamed of playing on this stage against top players,” Andreescu said to the crowd after defeating Wozniacki. “Now I’m here and I played against one of the best and I won, so really, I don’t know what to say right now.”
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is 28 years old and ranked the third-best female tennis player in the world. (Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
And it only got better after that.
"I believe that anything is possible, and I think tonight, I did the impossible," she said after defeating Williams.
Venus Williams is 38 years old and was once the top female tennis player in the world. (David Rowland/AFP/Getty Images)
Inspiring young tennis players
At the Toronto Tennis Association club where Andreescu trains, young athletes have been looking up to her for years.
CBC News spoke to them after the first surprise win, against Wozniacki.
“She probably had a goal like this since she was young and it’s amazing that she was able to achieve it,” said Erika Dimitriev.
Erika Dimitriev, a tennis player from Toronto, said watching Andreescu was inspiring to her. (CBC).
Dimitriev has watched Andreescu play in Toronto and hopes to play at the same elite level as her one day.
Emilia Amerski has also been inspired by Andreescu.
“It means that you can be any ranking and you can beat anybody,” said Amerski. “It’s the mentality and how hard you worked.”
Emilia Amerski has been playing tennis for five years. She says watching Andreescu win in New Zealand has motivated her. (CBC)
On Saturday morning, Andreescu will see if she can keep her winning streak going by playing against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan, who is ranked 28th in the world.