Canada has achieved sporting success in 2019. The Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship in June for the first time in the franchise’s history. Last month, the country witnessed another historic moment. Teenager Bianca Andreescu won her first Grand Slam title at the US Open. The 19-year-old became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title.
Andreescu and Siakam attend an awards gala
At a recent gala event, Andreescu attended and hung out with one of the stars instrumental in the Raptor’s first NBA title. The Right To Play Hero’s Gala event took place this week. The event aim was to honor outstanding individuals who are carrying out activities to help children and youth rise above adversity. At the event, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors received the athlete’s hero award for his work in his native Cameroon. The 20-year-old basketball player comes from the Western African nation. He supports youth-focused programs in his country and encourages young people to follow their dreams. Siakam and Andreescu sat together for the awards gala and were all smiles as they took pictures.
Champs are here 🏆 pic.twitter.com/ZSUKkN7iU6
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 18, 2019
Andreescu and the Raptors
Fans were quick to praise the two players for their contribution to Canadian sports. Some even suggested that they looked cute together and should probably date each other. Siakam had congratulated Andreescu on social media after she won the US Open in September. The 19-year-old is a big fan of the Toronto Raptors. She was recently courtside at a pre-season game this month. The game was between the Raptors and the Chicago Bulls. The Canadian team lost the game. However, during the game, Andreescu was presented with a Raptors jersey during a timeout in the second quarter.
Raptors 1st non-American team to win the NBA
The Toronto Raptors marched to the NBA title in June, defeating the Golden State Warriors in six games to clinch the title. The Canadian franchise is the first non-American team to win the championship.
During the historic title run, the Raptors used the hashtag #WeTheNorth. The slogan was used again to celebrate Andreescu’s historic achievement after winning the US Open. Fans nicknamed her “She The North” to recognize her first Grand Slam win. She also received the key to her home town of Mississauga and had a street named after her. The 19-year-old was back in action this month, reaching the quarterfinals of the China Open. She has also qualified for the WTA Final in Shenzhen. The finals will begin on 27th October.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.5 (career-high), the Canadian played her last match on the 4th of October when she lost to Naomi Osaka 5-7 6-3 6-4 in the quarter in Beijing.
This year Andreescu has a 46-5 win-loss record. Bianca Vanessa clinched 4 titles in 2019 in Newport Beach, in Indian Wells, in Toronto, and at the U.S. Open. Andreescu was the finalist in Auckland.
Bianca Vanessa Andreescu
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