Breakthrough year’s don’t get better than this. I honestly think we won’t see anything quite like it again. The scary thing?
The season isn’t done yet.
I really don’t know where to begin, it’s been an incredible journey so far and Bianca has rewritten history.
She leaves New York with 43 wins and 4 defeats over the course of the season which is quite outstanding which includes qualifying too.
It seems a lifetime ago now that Bianca began her season qualifying in Auckland and once she made her way into the main draw didn’t look back which was her theme for the year. Victories against Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams propelled her to her first WTA Final where she lost to Julia Georges in the final from a set up.
Bianca began in Auckland at 152 in the world.
The Canadian wasn’t given a wildcard into The Australian so did have to come through qualifying but went out in the second round of the main draw to Sevastova. Following her time in Melbourne she headed back on the ITF circuit where she won in Newport Beach followed by two Fed Cup wins and a semi-final run in Acapulco.
Indian Wells was where it kicked off.
Out in the Californian desert history was made. Bianca became the first wildcard to win the tournament at Indian Wells and told the tennis world she is here to win and win she did.
Svitolina, Muguruza, Cibulkova and Kerber were just four of the seven players who stood in her way of winning the title but she battled hard and left it all out there to win her biggest title to date.
All eyes on? Guess who, Bianca!
The Canadian made it to the fourth round after another fiery win against Angie Kerber who of course after the Indian Wells final called her the ‘biggest drama queen ever’ at the net. Unfortunately for Bianca she had to withdraw against Anett Kontaveit with a shoulder injury.
Sadly injuries have been a big part of Bianca’s season. The 19 year old has missed over 4 months of tennis with injuries including her shoulder. She surprisingly came back at Roland Garros where she fought to her first win but withdrew before the second round skipping Wimbledon and not returning until Toronto.
Welcome home. What a week for Bianca!
Rain meant she had to play twice on the Wednesday after not completing two matches since middle of March in early August she won from a set down twice in the same day against Bouchard and Kasatkina. The following day… she defeats Kiki Bertens from a set down and then went onto defeat Pliskova, Kenin and then that retirement win over Serena in the final lifting another title!
A thigh problem caused her issues in Toronto which then forced her to withdraw from Cincinnati.
What a fortnight!
First three rounds were straight set wins and then it got down to business.
Bianca dealt incredibly well with the serve and volley of Taylor Townsend defeating the 23 year old in three sets.
Bianca also adopted a bit of a Houdini act as she escaped Elise Mertens from a set down and then Belinda Bencic stood in the way of a first major final. Belinda had a set point in the first set but squandered and the Swiss led the second set by 5-2 but Bianca won it 7-5 and with that advanced to the final.
Fearless Bianca was going to change. When she elected to receive serve against Serena for me that set theme. Serve of Serena was broken and Bianca had her game spot on. She returned the second serve well and hit her spots on her serve finding a lot of joy off the forehand and serving into Serena’s body jamming up the American.
6-3 5-1 40-30, Bianca saw a match point. 22 minutes later it was 6-5 and Serena serving to stay in the match gave the Canadian a couple more opportunities which she took to win her first major on her US Open debut having gone out in the first round of qualifying last year!
The nerves were there but the way she blocked that out and the crowd who were wild for Serena was unbelievable for a 19 year old.
Right now leaving New York Bianca has…
3 titles (Indian Wells, Rogers Cup, US Open)
Bianca has gone from 152 to 5 in the world and will 99% be in the WTA Finals at Shenzhen. Bianca also boasts a top 10 record of 8 wins and 0 defeats this year which is insane.
What she has achieved this year is frighteningly and the season isn’t done yet. Wuhan and Beijing look like being on her schedule before Shenzhen where she will be a big favourite.
I said we haven’t seen a rise like this before, it’s been remarkable to watch.
I’ve talked about her achievements but not her tennis, stay tuned!