‘She’s Canada’s champion.’ Mississauga to host She The North rally for Bianca Andreescu on Sunday

Queen B is getting her coronation on Sunday in Mississauga.

The city of Mississauga announced Thursday they’ll be holding a rally for Bianca Andreescu to celebrate her U.S. Open championship.

Andreescu, born in Mississauga, beat tennis icon Serena Williams in straight sets last weekend to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title. Andreescu began her career as a teen when she started training with the Ontario Racquet Club there.

“We just want to honour this incredible, talented, young woman, someone we have such enormous pride in,” Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie told the Star in an interview.

“She may have been born and raised in Mississauga, but she’s Canada’s champion and we want to share her with everyone.”

Titled the “She The North rally,” the party set for Mississauga Celebration Square will kick off with music at 4:30 p.m., followed by a speech where Crombie will give her a key to the city.

The city also announced Thursday that a new street will be named after the rising tennis star, after councillors agreed to “Andreescu Way” at a council meeting Wednesday morning.

In a response to tweets about a street named after her, Andreescu said “I just got chills.”


“She is quite elated, I think she’s thrilled beyond belief,” Crombie said.

Andreescu vaulted to No. 5 in the Women’s Tennis Association’s rankings after winning the U.S. Open, earning $3.85 million (U.S.) for her title. At the end of last year, she was ranked 178th.

“It’s time to move on to the next after today, after all this media stuff,” she said at a news conference Wednesday. “Of course, today, I’ll celebrate a little bit and I’ll see my friends. But I’m still focused on what’s to come.”

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Miriam Lafontaine

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