Bianca Andreescu has made history.
The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., defeated tennis legend Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to win the U.S. Open in New York on Saturday.
She was the first Canadian to make it to a final at the U.S. Open, and the only one to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Andreescu has taken the tennis world by storm this year. She won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Aug. 11 after Williams retired due to injury.
Andreescu is 34-4 this season and prior to Saturday’s match was ranked 15th in the world.
Her rapid rise has far from gone unnoticed. Canadians — including high-profile athletes and politicians — have rallied around Andreescu using the Toronto Raptors’-inspired hashtag #shethenorth.
“You’ll have a whole country with you tomorrow,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted at Andreescu on Friday morning with the hashtag #SheTheNorth.
On Thursday, Andreescu defeated Belinda Bencic of Switzerland — a match that attracted as many as 1.5 million viewers on TSN.
Williams, 37, was hoping to clinch her 24th Grand Slam singles title, tying a record held by Margaret Court.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
— With files from The Canadian Press and Josh Elliott, Global News