Days after being crowned the U.S. Open’s first Canadian champion, Bianca Andreescu is still basking in the glow of her historic achievement.
The Mississauga, Ont., native continued her victory lap Monday night, joining Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to discuss her whirlwind post-win weekend.
“Oh man, it feels so good,” Andreescu told Fallon when asked about the past few days since her victory over Serena Williams. “I made history in Canada — I’m truly blessed.”
The journey to her new world No. 5 ranking started long before her bid for the U.S. Open trophy, however, making Saturday’s monumental moment at Arthur Ashe Stadium even sweeter.
“Everything has been pretty hectic ever since, so I never really got the chance to let everything soak in,” Andreescu told Fallon. “The last year has been pretty crazy — I was going through a really bad back injury, so now being able to hold this trophy is something really special.
“…Playing against Serena in the final, I’ve been dreaming about this moment for a pretty long time. This is honestly crazy.”
The 19-year-old champ also shed light on how she kept her nerves in check going up against the greatest of all time in the biggest match of her career, crediting their truncated meeting in the Rogers Cup final with helping her prepare for the moment.
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) September 10, 2019
“I got a sense of how that was during Toronto in the finals,” Andreescu said, “so I think I was able to control my emotions a bit better.”
Praise for Andreescu and her meteoric rise has poured in from across the country since Saturday, with everyone from Steve Nash to Shania Twain to Justin Trudeau chiming in with kind words.
But Andreescu said there’s still one noteworthy Canuck she’s hoping to hear from: