Bianca Andreescu beats Bouchard for Tennis Canada award

by: Matt Cronin | December 09, 2017

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Bianca Andreescu. (Twitter/@TennisCanada)

The young up-and-comer Bianca Andreescu was named Canadian female Player of the Year, an award that has been won by Eugenie Bouchard in recent years.  

The 17-year-old Andreescu was given the award by Tennis Canada for her breakthrough season on the junior and pro tour, despite still being ranked the third-highest Canadian in the WTA rankings. Andreescu captured two Grand Slam junior titles, the Australian Open and French Open, and won her first WTA match by defeating Kristina Mladenovic in Washington. She also won two $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit titles.

The highest-ranked Canadian is still Bouchard, who won the award four years in a row from 2013 through 2016. However, 2017 was a poor season for the former No. 5, as since the French Open she has won just two matches, dropping to No. 82 in the rankings.

The second-highest Canadian is No. 147 Carol Zhao, who was awarded the most improved women's player award.

Andreescu also won the awards for singles player and junior player. “By its very nature winning all three of these awards this year tells you this was a transitional year for me. Honestly, the learning curve was intense and steep,”  said Andreescu in a statement.

Similarly, another young Canadian, Denis Shapovalov, had previously been announced as the winner of the Canadian male player award, edging higher-ranked Milos Raonic, who had also won the award for several years, but has had an injury-interrupted season.

Andreescu has reached as high as No. 143 in the rankings.

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