Bianca Andreescu wins Canada's athlete of the year award

Tanya Simon
December 12, 2019

Bianca Andreescu was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada & # 39; s athlete of the year, with a remarkable 12 months in which the teenager became the first Grand Slam tennis champion in the country with her US Open triumph.

Tennis star Bianca Andreescu on Monday capped off her incredible 2019 run when she was named the 2019 Lou Marsh Award victor.

"None of my successes this year would have been possible without the support of all of Canada".

Andreescu, the daughter of Romanian immigrants to Canada, then won her hometown tournament in Toronto before going on to make history in NY where she denied Williams from earning a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.

"It's an honour for me to receive this award", Andreescu said, speaking at a news conference Tuesday. Along with the U.S. Open title, Andreescu won her first WTA title earlier this year, defeating four top-20 ranked athletes on her way to the Indian Wells Open trophy.

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The 19-year-old from Mississauga has come off a phenomenal 2019, rising from her Women's Tennis Association Tour's world ranking of No. 152 at the start of the season, all the way to the No. 4 spot.

"I can't wait for what 2020 will bring and am always proud to represent Canada at the highest level", she said.

The victor of the Toronto Star award is selected annually by a panel of Canadian sports journalists.

Her impressive season, which also saw her battle shoulder and knee injuries, also earned her nominations for the WTA's player of the year and newcomer of the year awards.

The other finalists were Brooke Henderson (golf), Andre De Grasse (athletics), Mike Soroka (baseball) and Jordan Binnington (hockey). Recent Lou Marsh Award winners include skier Mikaël Kingsbury (2018), Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (2017), swimmer Penny Oleksiak (2016) and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (2015).

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