Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, poses with the U.S. Open women's singles championship trophy at Top of the Rock, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. Andreescu defeated American Serena Williams in the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo)

Mississauga set to welcome tennis champ Bianca Andreescu


The city of Mississauga is set to throw a huge celebration to mark Bianca Andreescu’s historic victory at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said Monday.

Crombie told CBC News the citizens of Canada’s sixth largest city are “exhilarated and so thrilled” by Andreescu’s win over tennis super-star Serena Williams on Saturday.

“She’s a fierce competitor but she’s humble, she’s compassionate and she’s Canada’s champion,” Crombie said.

Mississauga has big plans to celebrate Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion, Crombie said.

“We have already promised to give her the keys to the city,” Crombie said. “This is a very, very rare privilege – I’ve only done it once before to our former mayor Hazel McCallion – so this will be the second set of keys that I’ll be bestowing on any individual,” Crombie said.

The city council is also thinking about rallies and parades and street namings, the mayor added.

Mississauga’s Celebration Square can accommodate up to 70,000 people, she added.

“I think the right thing to do is to hold it in our Celebration Square where everyone can come together and celebrate,” Crombie said. “We can get her on stage with everyone and let all Mississauga residents, all the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) come together and celebrate this fine woman.”

The 19-year-old champion told CBC Sports she’s been flooded with messages of love and support from fans all over Canada and expects “for it to get even crazier” when she returns to her native city.

“I’ve been feeling all the love just by watching what’s happening on social media but actually going there in person to feel it will be a whole other story, I’m really excited for that,” Andreescu told CBC Sports, after posing with her trophy on top of New York’s Rockefeller Center Sunday.

“There is no place like home, right? And especially after this accomplishment and just having that moment at home to celebrate with my friends and family will be very special.”

However, all that depends when Andreescu is back in Canada and the city where she was born and raised, Crombie said.

Sept. 7, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Bianca Andreescu of Canada (R) holds the championship trophy as Serena Williams of the United States (L) holds the finalist’s trophy during the trophy ceremony after their match in the women’s final on day thirteen of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Andreescu was born in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, in a family of Romanian immigrants. Her parents, Maria and Nicu, moved to Canada in mid-1990s and first settled in Mississauga and then in Vaughan, Ontario.

Andreescu was partly raised and began playing tennis in Romania after her parents briefly returned there.

Upon her return to Canada, she pursued her love of tennis more seriously, training at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga.

Andreescu has climbed 10 spots in the women’s tennis rankings to a career-high world No. 5 following her win over Williams.

With files from CBC News

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One comment on “Mississauga set to welcome tennis champ Bianca Andreescu
  1. Avatar Steve Gutwillig says:

    Not impressed with Mississauga Mayor