Canada's US Open champion Bianca Andreescu honoured with rally in hometown, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance

Bianca became the first Canadian Grand Slam singles champion and was feted for her achievement in her hometown of Mississauga

Agence France-Presse September 16, 2019 13:25:46 IST
Canada's US Open champion Bianca Andreescu honoured with rally in hometown, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance
  • Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, presented Andreescu with a key to the city

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the midst of campaigning for his second term in office, was also in attendance

  • Andreescu's stunning 6-3, 7-5 victory at Flushing Meadows denied Williams a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title

Mississauga: Bianca Andreescu, who beat Serena Williams in the US Open final to become Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion, was honoured with a rally in her hometown on Sunday.

"I am truly blessed," the beaming 19-year-old told hundreds who had gathered to celebrate her achievement.

Canadas US Open champion Bianca Andreescu honoured with rally in hometown Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance

Bianca Andreescu at the rally held in her hometown with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. AP

"I did not get here overnight. There has been a lot of hard work and sweat that went into it, a lot of downs, a lot of ups." Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, presented Andreescu with a key to the city.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the midst of campaigning for his second term in office, was also in attendance.

"She is an inspiration to all Canadians old and young, but to be honest, especially an inspiration to young Canadians because she showed that young people can do anything," Trudeau said.

Andreescu's stunning 6-3, 7-5 victory at Flushing Meadows denied Williams a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. In the course of an year, she has climbed from 200th in the world rankings to a career-high fifth.

Her rise has been another source of pride for Canadian sports fans, who saw the Toronto Raptors claim the NBA championship in June. The Raptors' "We the North" slogan has been transformed for Andreescu to "She the North".

"I'm really glad I never gave up because I wouldn't be standing here with everyone," Andreescu said. "If I can do it, if Serena can do it, if Roger (Federer) can do it, if the Raptors can do it, so can you."

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