Bianca Andreescu Reveals Kim Clijsters as Her Tennis Idol While Growing up

Published 01/25/2021, 8:00 AM EST
Bianca Andreescu of Canada serves in the Women’s Singles group match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Day four of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on October 30, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)


Former World No. 4 Bianca Andreescu left a mark on tennis history books. She happens to be the first player after Maria Sharapova to win a Grand Slam title as a teenager. Bianca started creating headlines in 2015 when she won titles on the women’s circuit. 

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In 2018, Bianca entered the qualifying rounds at all four Grand Slam events but failed to move into the main draw of either of the four events. In the following year, she won the US Open. The 20-year-old beat the American legend Serena Williams in the final. Prior to that, she beat Serena at the Roger’s Cup.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts as she is interviewed by ESPN Reporter Tom Rinaldi during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the Women’s Singles final against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Bianca Andreescu idolized Kim Clijsters in her younger days

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Recently, the Canadian starlet was asked to reveal her favorite player growing up. She took the name of the great Belgian, Kim Clijsters. Kim established an identity for herself, winning four Grand Slam titles. The Belgian has made a comeback on two occasions after retiring from the game, with the latest being in 2020. 

Kim enjoyed great rivalries with the William sisters, and her most notable one was against her fellow compatriot, Justine Henin. Besides her success in the singles category, she’s won two Majors in doubles at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2003. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Kim Clijsters of Belgium smiles during the mixed doubles match between John McEnroe of the United States and his partner Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Martina Navratilova of the United States and Jamie Murray of Great Britain during the Wimbledon No. 1 Court Celebration in support of the Wimbledon Foundation at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Coming back to Bianca, she barely played last season. She suffered an injury at the WTA Finals in 2019, which forced her to withdraw from the Australian Open 2020. After that, tennis came to a halt due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. However, she will be seen on the courts at Melbourne Park for the first Grand Slam of the new season.  

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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