'Truly inspiring': Canada loses it over teen's historic US Open win

Canadians have taken to social media in a frenzy after Bianca Andreescu's history-making grand slam win over Serena Williams at the US Open.

Celebrating the country's historic success, Canadian fans hailed their first tennis grand slam champion after 19-year-old Andreescu's 6-3 7-5 win over Williams.

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The hashtag #SheTheNorth shot to the top of Canada's trending topics on Twitter, as social media users reimagined the "We the North" slogan used by the Toronto Raptors during their NBA championship-winning run.

Canadians took great delight in revelling in another remarkable victory for the country, following the Raptors' historic NBA title triumph earlier in the year.

Bianca Andreescu is Canada's first grand slam singles champion.
Canadian fans went crazy for Bianca Andreescu's historic grand slam win. Pic: Getty

Among those to send messages of support to Andreescu were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as several of Canada's professional sports organisations.

Toronto Mayor John Tory got the party started early as well, announcing on Twitter that the Toronto sign would be lit in gold to celebrate the win.

"Toronto is celebrating this victory and looking forward to a career filled with many more. #SheTheNorth," he wrote.

The 19-year-old also caught the eye of her home country's high-profile athletes with fellow tennis player Genie Bouchard calling the victory "Canadian history".

The National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, along with Major League Baseball's Blue Jays and NBA champion Raptors all tweeted their congratulations.

At a media conference after her match, Andreescu made clear that the warm feelings were mutual.

"I've said this many, many times before. I'm going to say it again: It's been a goal of mine to inspire many people, especially Canadian athletes," said Andreescu.

"I think that this win will hopefully do that, not only this win but just what I've accomplished this past year because so many Canadian athletes have paved the way for me when I was young."

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Ranked 178th in the world at the start of year, Andreescu overcame a dramatic second-set collapse to deny Williams a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown with a stirring 6-3 7-5 triumph on Saturday.

Title success on her main-draw debut at Flushing Meadows marked the equal-fastest journey to grand slam glory in tennis history, matching Monica Seles' feat in winning the 1990 French Open in only her fourth major.

The fearless 19-year-old is also the first Canadian to win a singles grand slam and first teenager to hoist the US Open trophy since Maria Sharapova in 2006.

"It's so hard to explain in words but I'm just beyond grateful and truly blessed," Andreescu said after improving her record over top-10 rivals in 2019 to a remarkable eight from eight with her third title of the season.

Andreescu denied Serena Williams a record-equalling 24th major title.
Serena Williams again had to settle for the runner-up silverware. Pic: Getty

"I've worked really hard for this moment. This year has been a dream come true and now, to play Serena on this stage, a true legend of this sport, is amazing."

Not even born when Williams won the first of six titles in New York in 1999, Andreescu defied the doubters with an extraordinary baseline barrage as Williams once again crumbled under pressure trying to match Margaret Court's 24 singles slams.

It was the fourth consecutive grand slam final defeat for the American since returning from maternity leave after the birth of her daughter Olympia in September 2017.

But this one will likely hurt most with Williams injury free and finally back to full fitness, adamant pre-match she'd never been better prepared to return to the grand slam winners' circle.

Alas, after also falling to Naomi Osaka in last year's final and to Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep in the past two Wimbledon deciders, time may be running out for Williams - who turns 38 this month - to catch Court.

With agencies