Tennis

Bianca Andreescu rises to 5th in world tennis rankings after U.S. Open win

Bianca Andreescu, Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion, has climbed 10 spots in the women’s tennis rankings to a career-high world No. 5 following her U.S. Open victory over Serena Williams on Saturday.

Canadian 19-year-old was 152nd at the start of her dream tennis season

Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu made history after her U.S. Open victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Bianca Andreescu, Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion, has climbed 10 spots in the women's tennis rankings to a career-high world No. 5 following her U.S. Open victory over American veteran Serena Williams on Saturday.

Andreescu converted on her third championship point of the match, breaking the 23-time Grand Slam champion with a forehand return before ecstatically sprawling belly-up on the court in front of an audience of 26,191 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

Watch Championship Point:

Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to capture the women's singles U.S. Open title at Arthur Ashe Stadium. 1:09

"It's so hard to explain in words, but I'm beyond grateful," Andreescu, who was ranked 152nd ahead of her breakout season, said after the match. "I worked really hard for this moment.

"This year has been a dream come true and being able to play on this stage against Serena, a true legend in this sport, is amazing."

Watch highlights from Bianca Andreescu's U.S. Open victory:

Bianca Andreescu becomes the first Canadian in history to win a Grand Slam singles title with her straight-set victory over Serena Williams. 1:45

Andreescu, a native of Mississauga, Ont., who now lives in Thornhill, is 8-0 against top-10 opponents, with all eight of the wins in 2019.

The 19-year-old's thrilling 6-3, 7-5 victory at the U.S. Open — she failed to advance beyond the qualifying round last year — followed her title win at the Rogers Cup in August over Williams, who was forced to retire due to injury when she was down 3-1 in the first set in Toronto.

'She's an inspiration to many, many people,' Andreescu said of American Serena Williams after beating the 23-time Grand Slam winner. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Andreescu also won at Indian Wells, Calif., in March, the beginning of a 17-match win streak, not counting when she has had to retire from matches due to injury herself.

Andreescu, who earned $3.85 million US for Saturday's win, has experienced her own injury problems this season. In May, she was forced to withdraw from the French Open with a right shoulder injury after winning her first match and dropped out of Wimbledon the next month with the same issue.

Watch Andreescu's post-match news conference:

Bianca Andreescu speaks to the press after her 6-3, 7-5 U.S. Open championship victory over Serena Williams. 1:01

Australia's Ash Barty replaced Japan's Naomi Osaka at No. 1, while Williams dropped from No. 8 to 9.

In the men's ATP Tour rankings, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal dropped two positions to No. 21.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., fell two spots to No. 24 and Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., held steady at No. 33.

U.S. Open men's champion Rafael Nadal stayed at No. 2 and closed the gap between him and No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the defending champion who exited in the fourth round.

 

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