Andreescu named Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year

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Bianca Andreescu

Canadian young gun, Bianca Andreescu has been named Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year following her stunning 2019 campaign.

The world number 5 was the overwhelming winner in the polls, pulling a landslide 66 of 68 votes. She becomes the first tennis player to win the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award since former Wimbledon finalist, Eugenie Bouchard claimed the prize in 2013 and 2014.

“Bianca Andreescu is the only choice for Canada’s female athlete of the year,” said Globe and Mail sports editor, Shawna Richer. “Hands down the most dominant performance of any athlete, male or female. This year, a star was born.”

Andreescu put together an incredible 2019, putting amassing a stunning 48-7 record. She began the season outside the top-150, but she rocketed up the rankings in dramatic fashion, peaking at No. 4 and finishing at No. 5.

Andreescu came into 2019 without a tour title, but she claimed three massive ones during the course of the year, including her maiden Grand Slam at the US Open, where she took out Serena Williams in the final. The Canadian teenager also picked up her maiden Premier Mandatory title at Indian Wells, and won the Rogers Cup title in front of her home fans in Toronto.

The 19-year-old had initially planned to begin her 2020 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland, but she has since withdrawn from that tournament due to a lingering knee injury. The US Open champion was forced to cut short her campaign at the season-ending WTA Finals after injuring her knee.

Andreescu is now likely to start her 2020 season at the Australian Open, live from Melbourne from 20 January to 2 February.