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Bianca Andreescu

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Full name: Bianca Vanessa Andreescu
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Bio Andreescu started playing tennis at age 7 in Pitești, under Gabriel Hristache, when the Andreescu family moved back to her parents' native Romania. A few years later, the Andreescus returned to live in Canada, where Bianca trained at the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga. When she was 11 years old, she joined Tennis Canada's National Training Program in Toronto and started getting more serious about her career. Her favorite players are Simona Halep and Kim Clijsters.
At the 2016 Rogers Cup, Andreescu was advised and encouraged by Simona Halep to turn professional.
In January, Andreescu won Les Petits As, one of the most prestigious 14-and-under tournaments in the world. In July, she won her first junior titles, taking the singles title at the Grade 5 tournament[a] in Havana, and the doubles title—partnered with Maria Tănăsescu—at the Grade 4 tournament in Nassau the following week. She won her second and third junior singles titles in the fall at the Grade-5 tournament in Burlington and the Grade-4 tournament in Lexington. Andreescu ended her season with the under-16 title at the Orange Bowl with a straight sets win over Dominique Schaefer, becoming the fourth straight Canadian after Erin Routliffe, Gloria Liang and Charlotte Robillard-Millette to win that event.
Andreescu began the season by winning both the singles and doubles titles at the Grade-2 tournament in La Paz. Two weeks later at the Grade 2 tournament in Córdoba, she captured her third junior doubles title. At the French Open, Andreescu qualified for her first junior Grand Slam, but was defeated in the first round in girls' singles—by the eventual runner-up, Anna Kalinskaya—and in the second round in girls' doubles. At Wimbledon, she was once again eliminated in the first round in girls' singles and in the second round in girls' doubles. At her first professional tournament, the ITF 25K in Gatineau in August, Andreescu advanced to the final with wins over No. 429 Elizabeth Halbauer, No. 288 Barbora Štefková, No. 206 Shuko Aoyama and No. 275 Victoria Rodríguez. She was defeated by No. 155 Alexa Glatch in the final. In early September, she won her first junior Grade 1 title with a victory over compatriot Robillard-Millette in Repentigny. She lost in the opening round of the US Open girls' singles event.In December, at 15 years of age, she became the first Canadian since Gabriela Dabrowski in 2009 to win the Under-18 Orange Bowl, a Grade-A tournament. She became the first to win the under-16 and under-18 titles in consecutive years since Mary Joe Fernandez in 1984–85; Chris Evert is another to perform the feat.
In 2015, Andreescu began working with former world No. 3 Nathalie Tauziat, who previously coached Eugenie Bouchard. Tauziat described Andreescu: "She can do many things, she has good hands and she's a very powerful girl. ... She has big goals and she is doing many things to reach these big goals." Andreescu was named the 2015 Outstanding Junior Female by Tennis Canada.
At the Australian Open, Andreescu was the top seed in both girls' singles and doubles. She advanced to the third round in singles and doubles before withdrawing from both because of recurring injuries including her left adductor, right ankle, and a stress fracture in her foot. The injury kept her from competition for six months. She returned to play in the Wimbledon girls' singles event as the sixth seed, but lost in the third round. At the Gatineau 25K tournament a month later, Andreescu claimed the first professional title of her career with a straight sets victory over Elizabeth Halbauer. Andreescu also won the Gatineau doubles title with compatriot Charlotte Robillard-Millette. At the US Open in September, Andreescu had her best run so far at a junior Grand Slam, reaching the semifinals in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles. At the 50K in Saguenay in October, she reached the singles and doubles finals. Two weeks later at the 50K Tevlin Women's Challenger, Andreescu made it to the quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in doubles.
In January at the junior event of the Australian Open, Andreescu advanced to the semifinals in singles and won the doubles title with Carson Branstine. In February in Rancho Santa Fe, she captured her second 25K singles title with a straight sets win over Kayla Day. She won the 25K in Santa Margherita di Pula over Bernarda Pera in early April. At the junior French Open, she reached the quarterfinals in singles and captured her second straight Grand Slam doubles title with compatriot Carson Branstine. She also competed in the senior event, losing in the qualifying first round to former world No. 57 Tereza Smitková. At Wimbledon, she qualified for her first senior main draw but was defeated by Kristína Kučová in the opening round. At the Citi Open in August, Andreescu was awarded a wild card for the main draw where she defeated Camila Giorgi in the opening round, her first win on the WTA Tour. In her next match, she upset world No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to beat a top 20 player. She was defeated by Andrea Petkovic in three sets in the quarterfinals. The next week at the Rogers Cup, she was awarded a wild card in the singles main draw where she was defeated by world No. 55 Tímea Babos in the opening round. In the doubles main draw, she upset, with fellow Canadian Carson Branstine, the team of Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round. They lost to the first seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the second round. At the Coupe Banque Nationale in September, she advanced to the second round with a victory over world No. 65 Jennifer Brady, but was defeated by Lucie Hradecká. In doubles, with compatriot Branstine, she reached her first WTA final, losing to the first seeds Tímea Babos and Andrea Hlaváčková. In October at the 60K in Saguenay, she won with compatriot Carol Zhao her second doubles title.
In April, Andreescu advanced to the final of the 25K in Kōfu where she lost to the first seed Luksika Kumkhum. The next week, she lost in the final of another 25K event in Kashiwa, again to Kumkhum. She played Fed Cup for Canada in April in Montreal and won the deciding doubles match with her fellow team mate Gabriela Dabrowski to advance to World Group II.
At her first event of the year, at the ASB Classic in Auckland, Andreescu qualified for the main draw. She then beat the first seed Caroline Wozniacki, the sixth seed Venus Williams, and the third seed Hsieh Su-wei en route to reach her first WTA singles final where she was the runner-up to the defending champion and second seed Julia Görges. At the Australian Open, she qualified and progressed to the main draw when Tereza Smitkova retired in the final round of the qualifying match.
Andreescu won her first WTA 125K title at Newport Beach in January. The win took her to a career-high ranking of No. 68. She also passed Eugenie Bouchard to become Canada's top-ranked player. In February, she reached the semifinal of the Mexican Open, losing to Sofia Kenin. With this result, Andreescu reached a new career-high ranking as No. 60.
Andreescu had a breakout tournament at the Indian Wells Premier Mandatory event. She started slow with a three-set victory over Irina Camelia Begu, followed by straight-sets wins over 32nd seed and former top-five player Dominika Cibulkova, qualifier Stefanie Vögele and 18th seeded Wang Qiang to reach the quarterfinals in her Premier Mandatory debut. She dismissed former world No. 1 and two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to become the third wild card to reach the semifinals of the tournament, joining Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters. She then defeated the sixth seeded Elina Svitolina in three sets to make it through to the final, becoming the first wild card to reach the finals in Indian Wells history. In the final, she won in three tight sets over Angelique Kerber for her first tour victory. This victory also vaulted her ranking to 24 (a new career high).
In the following Miami Open, Andreescu drew Begu in the first round again. She staged a comeback win from a double break in the second set, saving a match point in the process. In the second round, she revenged Acapulco loss to Kenin to set up another meeting with Kerber. After losing the second set from a break up, Andreescu defeated the world No. 4 for the second time in as many meetings. In the fourth round, she played against 21st seed Anett Kontaveit, where Andreescu lost the first set and was forced to retire at the start of the second set due to a right shoulder injury, putting an end to a ten-match winning streak.
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