Bianca Andreescu is making her way up the world tennis rankings.
Kerber and Andreescu split the first two sets but Andreescu came out on top at the end, solidifying her name as a tennis star.
The Mississauga native made history by becoming the first wild-card entry to win the tournament and also the youngest to win since superstar Serena Williams in 1999.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his congrats to the young champion.
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Andreescu’s prize money was just over $1,354,000 US, more than tripling her net worth.
“The future for Canadian tennis is extremely bright. I don’t think anyone could argue against that,” Oliver Wheeler, Communications Coordinator at Tennis Canada said.
Eighteen-year-old Andreescu was ranked at 178 in the world at the end of last season and arrived at Indian Wells unseeded. But with her first win she became an overnight sensation and rose to spot No. 24 in the world rankings.
Her opponent Kerber rose to No. 4.
At this point Canada should be accustomed to having their young tennis players rise to stardom.
On the men’s side, 19-year-old phenom Denis Shapovalov currently ranks at No. 23.
Wheeler said Raonic and Bouchard paved the way and inspired Shapavolov and Andreescu to work hard and reach the top of their sport.
“It really gave them an example to look up to, they were able to see that it was possible, it forced them to work even harder than what they were doing in terms of training and preparing themselves for a career in tennis to get to the point where they are today and been very successful.”
This success can also be credited to the funding and resources of Tennis Canada and their National Training Centre and National Junior Training Programs.
“The national training centres have had a massive impact on where these players have come from, from a professional point of view in terms of teaching them from an early age what it’s required to take and make it as a professional and obviously that’s coupled with the inspiration that the likes of Milos provided they put those two things together and it creates a real atmosphere and a real setup for them to succeed,” Wheeler said.
They have centres across the country in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary to develop young players.