Andreescu has had a magical season, with titles at Indian Wells, Calif., and Toronto before the U.S. Open. This was only her fourth career appearance at any Slam.
It's why she returned to her first sport three years ago after a cameo with Brisbane Heat in the WBBL in 2015-16. "I think I'm most proud of how I'm able to get into my zone and I was able to block out the crowd, too, because they were really, really loud". I would smash rackets. "I made history in Canada - I'm truly blessed".
Praise for Andreescu and her meteoric rise has poured in from across the country since Saturday, with everyone from Steve Nash to Shania Twain to Justin Trudeau chiming in with kind words.
"But I found that that way wasn't working to my advantage at all".
And Andreescu said while she's enjoying the "hectic" attention after her victory, she plans to get back on the court and keep winning more titles.
"I mean, it's another story for it to actually happen".
Though Williams has continued to play tennis at a high level, 2017 was the last time the star won a Grand Slam title - when she defeated her sister Venus in the Australian Open while pregnant with her daughter. That allowed Barty to move up from No. 2, and Osaka dropped to No. 4. If she is to set up her fifth opportunity to equal Margaret Court's all-time haul, she must first better her own record of being the Open Era's oldest major finalist, which she set when losing to Simona Halep back in July aged 37.
Despite her reserved nature when watching her daughter in action, Maria is without a doubt proud of her 19-year-old, evident by her personal Instagram account, which is nearly made up entirely with photos of Bianca.
Much of the same spirit was on display during Andreescu's U.S. Open match on Saturday, said Palmer.
Runner-up Daniil Medvedev is up to a personal-best No. 4 from No. 5 after reaching his first Grand Slam final, where he erased a big early deficit and pushed Nadal to five sets before losing to the Spaniard 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in a match Sunday that lasted almost five hours. That hard work included sacrifices from her parents, Nicu and Maria Andreescu, who emigrated from Romania to Canada, where Bianca Andreescu was born.