Bianca Andreescu grabs Canadian Press female athlete of the year honor



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Bianca Andreescu grabs Canadian Press female athlete of the year honor

Bianca Andreescu has been one of the players of the season on the WTA Tour, making stunning progress to jump from outside the top-150 into the top-5! Alongside other awards, Bianca secured the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as the Canadian Press female athlete of the year honor, earning 66 out of 68 votes from the county's editors and broadcasters.

Kicking off the action with an aim to crack the top-100 as soon as possible, Bianca reached the final in Auckland as a qualifier, gathering boost and scoring her first victory at the Australian Open, also as a qualifier. Improving her ranking, Bianca made a direct entry at Indian Wells and delivered her best tennis to become the youngest champion in the desert since Serena Williams, standing as one of the players to look for in the rest of the year.

Playing too much tennis in the first three months, Andreescu suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth round in Miami against Anett Kontaveit, playing only one match until August and making a return in front of the home fans in Toronto.

Ready to continue where she left, Bianca defeated three top-10 rivals to lift the trophy, becoming the national hero and getting back to the winning trail ahead of the US Open where she conquered the first Major crown and wrote history as the first teenager with the title at this level since 2006.

Reducing the schedule after New York to avoid potential injuries, Bianca lost in the quarter-final in Beijing to Naomi Osaka, aiming to chase the title at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen on her debut at the premium WTA event. Wasting a massive opportunity to beat Simona Halep in the first round-robin match, Andreescu experienced a nasty left knee injury versus Karolina Pliskova, retiring and finishing the year in the worst possible way.

Unable to train, the Canadian had to withdraw from the Hawaii Open and ASB Classic, hoping to get ready for the Australian Open that starts on January 20.