Bianca Andreescu's first and thus far only Grand Slam title was a moment she'll never forget and for good reason.
Andreescu defeated the icon of women's tennis and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams who was playing in front of her home fans to win the 2019 US Open. She was just 19 when that astonishing moment happened.
While the match itself was not the prettiest, it was a unique achievement for Andreescu who became the first Canadian tennis player to win a major singles title. Andreescu rocketed up the rankings to a career-high ranking of World No. 4, which remains the high-water mark of her playing career.
Currently on an indefinite break from tennis recuperating from a back injury, Andreescu has taken time to visit her parents' homeland in Romania where she is promoting a children's book that she co-wrote and titled "Bibi's Got Game: A Story about Tennis, Meditation and a Dog Named Coco."
The 23-year-old was interviewed by Romanian publication Gazeta Sporturilor discussing a range of topics one of which was the breakthrough moment in her career in 2019. Andreescu picked her US Open win over Serena Williams and was asked to share her private chat with the American in the aftermath of the final.
"I told her she looked really good in what she was wearing, she had a purple dress, I liked it, I had something purple back then too. But I never felt... Yes, she's Serena Williams, but to get on the court, I had to get on her level, mentally."
Andreescu has struggled to come close to matching those heights with injuries and struggles with her mental health conspiring to hamper her growth as a tennis player. She's played 31 matches in 2023 and her season ended prematurely following a first-round exit at the Canadian Open due to a back injury, and has not set a comeback date.