In September of 2019, Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams, winning the U.S. Open championship and becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Williams was forced to retire from the match with a back injury. At the time, Andreescu had won sets 6-3, 7-5, and led 3-1 when Williams backed out.
In a moment of pure Canadiana, upon winning, Andreescu apologized, saying, “I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m so sorry.”
Andreescu entered the tournament ranked No. 15 in the world, and rose to No. 5 following her victory.
Andreescu holds a career high ranking of fourth, making her the highest-ranked Canadian in the history of the Women’s Tennis Association.