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Who is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena Williams

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first_imgWho is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena WilliamsNot only did Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title but the 19-year-old also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam title in 13 years.advertisement Anita Jat New YorkSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 09:42 IST For playing against a player of a stature like Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu looked extremely confident (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBianca Andreescu held off a late charge by Serena Williams to win 6-3 7-5Bianca’s parents – Maria and Nicu – had immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1994Bianca credits her parents, specially her mother, for her success at such early stageWhen she was 16, Bianca Andreescu wrote herself a fake US Open winner’s check as she dreamt herself holding the coveted trophy. The teen kept updating the amount of prize money as it rose in real life. And after 3 years, she was there, standing at the Flushing Meadows, holding the champion’s check worth USD 3.85 million.The victory at the US Open was huge for Bianca Andreescu as it came against the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. But Bianca showed nerves of steel while facing the former world No. 1 to make sure the first time was her time.Not only did Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title but the 19-year-old also became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam title in 13 years. The last teenager to win a major was Maria Sharapova, who was 19 when she won the 2006 US Open. Moreover, Andreescu also became the first player born in the 2000s (man or woman) to reach a Grand Slam final.On Sunday, Andreescu was furious on court. For playing against a player of a stature like Serena Williams, Andreescu looked extremely confident and it was rather the American who seemed to be under immense pressure. With her 6-3, 7-4 win over Williams, Andreescu penned one of the most amazing stories in tennis to become a household name among the tennis fans.The daughter of Romanian immigrants to CanadaBianca’s parents – Maria Andreescu and Nicu Andreescu – originally immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1994. “We arrived in Canada with two suitcases and that’s all,” Nicu told the Globe and Mail,” Maria Andreescu recalled during an interview.advertisementBianca returned to her native country at the age of 6 with her mom while her dad stayed behind in Canda. The mother-daughter duo returned to Canada permanently a few years later for the better good.A message from your 2019 women’s singles champion, @Bandreescu_!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/3OSLzPLIuwUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2019Andreescu and her open media appearancesIn her last 8 game Andreescu, found a way to claw back from a set down to win the match. When asked by a reporter how did she managed to do it, Andreescu replied that she said to herself to bring her “it” together, just barely stopping herself before uttering the preceding “sh.”At the Rogers Cup, she consoled a tearful Serena who had to retire hurt from the final and boosted her with her words. “You’re a f-cking beast.”Andreescu and her love for dogsFrom media day to hoisting the trophy, @Bandreescu_ is all about #USOpen pic.twitter.com/K9lBmnas4LUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2019Andreescu has a furry, 7-pound brown dog that often comes to see her play in the matches. Andreescu’s parents brought Coco to the semi-final game where their daughter faced Belinda Bencic.Andreescu and her super fashionable mothersuch a lil nug https://t.co/7aVlwKVXcTBianca (@Bandreescu_) September 5, 2019Bianca Andreescu rose to fame with her phenomenal rise in year 2019. However, it is not just Andreescu in her family who has caught the media attention but her mother Maria Andreescu is also becoming a celebrity in her own right.Maria became the talk of the town with her dressing style during the US Open.Andreescu describes her mother as “the coolest person” she knows. She does seemed like one with her over-sized black sunglasses at night, big hair, and a Versace-esque print top that read “Dog Queen” on the collar, accessorized with the family pooch, Coco, on her lap.She is calm as a monkAndreescu credits her parents, specially her mother, for her success at such early stage. The 19-year-old maintains that she learned how to stay calm in important moments from meditating, something that her mother taught her at a very young age.In the epic showdown on Sunday, Andreescu looked extremely focused and as cool as cucumber against the G.O.A.T Serena Williams and that’s because she knows how to control her mind.”I think if you can control your mind, then you can control a lot of things. When I’m on the court in front of these big stages, I’m really good at just blocking everything and staying in the zone,” Andreescu had said.Also Read | It’s super frustrating: Serena Williams on losing 4 Grand Slam finals since comebackAlso Read | That’s so Canadian: Bianca apologizes to crowd after stunning Serena in US Open finalAlso Read | US Open: Teenager Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam titleadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Vancouvers housing market ranked second most unaffordable in the world

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TORONTO — Vancouver is the second most unaffordable housing market in the world after Hong Kong, according to a new study of major property markets.That could spell trouble for homeowners if mortgage rates rise, economists say.“Given how high house prices are relative to household incomes, you’d only have to see a moderate increase in mortgage rates to have a really huge hit to affordability,” said David Madani, Canada economist at Capital Economics.The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey ranks real estate markets in Canada, the United States, Australia, China, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.The survey calculates affordability by comparing median house prices with median incomes — the higher home prices relative to incomes, the more unaffordable the market.Condo option gains ground as price gap with low-rise homes soars to record $251,000How Airbnb renters are helping Canadians pay off their mortgage in a grey-market areaHow once-booming Calgary is now becoming the drag on national home pricesCities like Vancouver and Toronto, where house prices are significantly higher than incomes, would be hit hardest by a spike in mortgage interest rates, Madani said. Many homeowners could find themselves struggling to make monthly payments.In Vancouver, median home prices were 10.6 times higher than median incomes in 2014. That’s the worst affordability ranking Vancouver has ever received in the survey’s 11-year history, and an increase from 2013 when prices were about the 10.3 times higher than incomes.In Toronto, median home prices were about 6.5 times higher than median incomes last year.You’d only have to see a moderate increase in mortgage rates to have a really huge hit to affordabilityA report released Monday by TD Economics said even a mortgage increase of two percentage points could cause financial hardship among Greater Toronto Area homeowners, pushing up the number of residents who devote 30% of their income to mortgage payments to 20% from 16%.Although Vancouver was the only Canadian city that made it to the Top 10 list, housing markets in Toronto, as well as in Victoria, Kelowna and the Fraser Valley in B.C., were also ranked as unaffordable by the Demographia study.The report blames Ontario’s urban containment policy, a development plan that strives to prevent urban sprawl, for Toronto’s swelling home prices.Meanwhile, Moncton, N.B., was ranked Canada’s most affordable market.Fredericton and Saint John, N.B., Windsor, Ont., and Charlottetown were also ranked as affordable places to buy homes.Overall, the study ranks Canada as “seriously unaffordable,” with home prices in major urban markets about 4.3 times higher than incomes, while for Canadian real estate markets overall, median home prices are 3.9 times median incomes.The Bank of Canada had been expected to raise its trend-setting interest rate, which has been at one per cent for more than four years, this fall. Economists now say that’s unlikely, given that the collapse in the price of oil is likely to stunt economic growth.However, Madani says even if the central bank remains in a “holding pattern,” Canadian mortgage rates could rise in response to economic recovery south of the border and policy actions from the U.S. Federal Reserve.“We can expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to soon begin to raise interest rates, and with that we expect to see rising U.S. Treasury yields,” Madani said. “On that basis, we have been expecting long-term interest rates in Canada to go up, and those rates are what really, in some sense, determine or influence mortgage rates. read more