Bianca Andreescu moves ahead of Eugenie Bouchard as the highest-ranked..


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Bianca Andreescu moves ahead of Eugenie Bouchard as the highest-ranked..

The 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu kicked off the 2019 season from outside the top-150, ready to continue with steady progress and earn the place in the top-100 as soon as possible. Instead of that, the young Canadian went on to become a Major champion and one of the best players in the world, entering the top-4 on Monday as the best-ranked player from her country ever, passing Eugenie Bouchard who became world no.

5 precisely five years ago. Bianca will close the season at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, fighting for another notable crown after already conquering three in 2019. The Mississauga native reached the final in Auckland as a qualifier for positive vibes in the first week of the new season, advancing into the main draw at the Australian Open as well where she scored one win at only the second Grand Slam tournament in a career.

At Indian Wells, Andreescu overpowered six opponents to lift the trophy, becoming the youngest champion in the desert since Serena Williams and finding herself in the top-25, showing the full potential and becoming one of the players to beat despite the lack of experience.

The pace in the opening three months had proved to be too tough for Bianca to handle, though, suffering a shoulder injury in Miami and playing only one tournament before Toronto (Roland Garros, where she had to withdraw), getting back at her best and shining in front of the home fans to grab another big title.

Playing with no fear and determined to show her quality at home ground, Bianca notched three top-10 wins to lift the second big title of the year, heading to the US Open as one of the title favorites. The biggest tennis stage proved to be no obstacle for this outstanding competitor, losing only two sets in seven encounters and delivering her best tennis when it mattered the most to embrace Major glory after a 6-3, 7-5 win over Serena Williams in the final.

Thus, Bianca became the first US Open champion who lifted the crown on debut, standing as the first teenager with the title at this level since Maria Sharapova in 2006 and the first since Monica Seles who claimed a Major tournament at only the fourth attempt, earning a place among the best players in the world and securing the first WTA Finals berth.