New York (AFP) – Reactions to Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu defeating 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in Saturday’s US Open women’s final:
“Congratulations @Bandreescu_! You’ve made history and made a whole country very proud. #SheTheNorth”
— Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support to Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion.
“CONGRATS GIRL! Canadian history”
— Eugenie Bouchard, who was the first Canadian woman to make a Grand Slam final when she reached the 2014 Wimbledon championship match, losing to Petra Kvitova. It was posted with a big-screen TV image of Andreescu holding the US Open champion’s trophy.
“SHE THE CHAMP! Congrats, @Bandreescu_
#WeTheNorth x #SheTheNorth”
— The reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors transmuted their slogan from their title run, “We the North”, to “She the North” in tribute to Andreescu, tweeting the note with a photo of a Raptors jersey with her name on it next to the NBA championship trophy.
“You’re #1!!! Congrats @Bandreescu_!#ShetheNorth #USOpen”
— The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks sent their message with a photo of a No. 1 jersey bearing Andreescu’s name.
“What a performance! Congratulations @Bandreescu_ #SheTheNorth”
— The Toronto Maple Leafs, who last won the Stanley Cup in 1967, wished their best to a 19-year-old who wasn’t even alive when Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam crown 20 years ago.
“HISTORY Congratulations to @Bandreescu_ on becoming the first (Canadian) to win a Grand Slam singles title! #USOpen
— Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, who last won the World Series in 1993, before Andreescu was born.
“Congratulations @Bandreescu_ on an amazing performance and your first grand slam! Romania is very proud of you.”
— Romania’s Simona Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champion, pays tribute to Andreescu, whose parents are from Romania.