Bianca Andreescu accepts key to Mississauga as hometown celebrates U.S. Open champion – CBC Sports

Bianca Andreescu accepts key to Mississauga as hometown celebrates U.S. Open champion - CBC Sports
Justin Trudeau Will Be Crashing Bianca Andreescus Rally In Mississauga Today
Canadian tennis phenomenon Bianca Andreescu was the star of a huge rally in her hometown of Mississauga, Ont., on Sunday.

The U.S. Open champ was joined by Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, among others.

“We are so proud of you and your achievements, and your big U.S. win, your most graceful and modest approach towards embracing your successes has embodied the values of Mississauga, Ontario and Canada.”

Trudeau praised the 19-year-old'sĀ "grace and composure under extraordinary pressure."

Andreescu became Canadas first Grand Slam tennis singles champion after beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sept. 7 in New York. She began her career at Ontario Racquet Club on Southdown Road.

She the North: Mississauga to host rally for U.S. Open champ Andreescu

Then the woman of the moment stepped up to receive the key to the city ā€” and acknowledge a street that has been named after her.

It probably wont be a renaming, it will be a new street naming, so it will be the first available street, Crombie said. A lot of people have asked me why not court cause that sounds logical but a court is a specific shape of a street and we arent building those any longer. So we want the first available street in one of our premier new developments, whether it be in the downtown or by the waterfront.

She told the crowd "I'm truly, truly blessed," and "This is only the beginning."

I am hoping we fill the square. We have a capacity of 30,000 people and I would like to invite 30,000 residents from right across the GTA to come down and celebrate our hometown champion and Canadas champion, Crombie told CP24 on Sunday morning. I would hope that people start filling the square at 4 p.m. because we think space will be at a premium.

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Justin Trudeau to Attend She the North Rally for Bianca Andreescu in Mississauga

The city of Mississauga will be celebrating the major accomplishments of its star citizen, 19-year-old tennis champion Bianca Andreescu, today on Sept. 15 with a rally in her honor in Celebration Square. While plenty of people are expected to attend, there will be at least one very special guest. Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the Bianca Andreescu She The North rally.

Sixteen-year-old Melodie Collard was just a few courts away on Sept. 5 as 19-year-old tennis champ Bianca Andreescu aced her way into the finals of the U.S. Open. Over on Court 11 that day, Collard and doubles partner Hong Yi Cody Wong defeated an American duo to advance to the semi-finals in the Junior Grand Slam tournament.

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According to a press release from the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeaus schedule for Sept. 15 will see the Prime Minister starting his day with visits to local businesses in Cobourg, Ontario, before arriving at the She The North Rally at 5 p.m. There, he is expected to deliver remarks to the gathered crowd. He will then move on to Markham to deliver remarks and appear with Liberal candidate Alan Ho at the Mid-Autumn Festival.

That was as far as Collard would go in the U.S. Open, but Andreescu has a few years on the Gatineau teen. Born in 2003, the 16 year old hasnt qualified for the womens tournament yet. But it wasnt long ago that Andreescu played at the same level. Collard, who also competed in singles, finds that fact motivating.

Justin Trudeau has already expressed congratulations and admiration for the young tennis star on his Twitter, writing after her victory at the U.S. Open, “Youve made history and made a whole country very proud.”

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