Mississauga tennis star is the most-searched female celebrity in Canada


Published March 3, 2023 at 1:28 pm

Mississauga's Bianca Andreescu advances to next round of French Open

In case Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu is wondering if many people are following her story as she tries to climb back to the upper ranks of the women’s tennis world, the results are in–and the answer is yes.

At least, that’s the indication from a recent study conducted by onlinecasino.ca that sought to identify the most-searched Canadian female celebrity/athlete.

According to the research, Andreescu, 22, and longtime Canadian singer-songwriter Shania Twain are the most-searched female celebrities in the country, each with 110,000 searches of their name in 2022.

The study was conducted in advance of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.

Tied for second place on the list are award-winning singer Avril Lavigne and actress Pamela Anderson, who leapt to international fame during her run on TV’s Baywatch from 1992 to 1997.

They each recorded 90,500 online searches.

Actresses Rachel McAdams and Nina Dobrev shared third spot on the list (60,500 searches).

Others to land on the list include: Brooke Henderson (golfer, 49,500 searches), Neve Campbell (actress 40,500), Alanis Morissette (singer-songwriter 40,500), Céline Dion (singer-songwriter 40,500), Katheryn Winnick (actress 33,100), Linda Evangelista (fashion model 33,100), Elisha Cuthbert (actress 33,100), Joni Mitchell (musician 33,100) and Missy Peregrym (actress 33,100).

For Andreescu, what has proven to be a difficult journey back to the top of the women’s tennis rankings continues.

The upper echelon of the sport, where the Mississauga native found herself back in 2019 after shocking the tennis world with a Grand Slam victory at the U.S. Open in New York City, is where she longs to be once again.

And while she’s slowly but steadily climbed the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings since returning from an extended period away from tennis in 2021, the road back to again be included among the tennis elite has been filled with ups and downs.

As she prepares to compete at next week’s BNP Paribas Open running March 8-19 in Indian Wells, California, Andreescu enters that tournament ranked No. 35 by the WTA. It’s her highest ranking since starting her journey back.

Montreal’s Leylah Fernandez, 20, is the top Canadian, ranked No. 32 by the WTA.

Andreescu’s performance since returning from hiatus has been inconsistent. At times she has looked as if she’s close to regaining the form that brought her success in 2019, defeating higher-ranked opponents on some occasions while in other matches losing to the world’s top players, but playing well.
Other times, the one-time Grand Slam champ has lost to opponents ranked much lower.

Andreescu climbed to as high as No. 4 in WTA rankings in late 2019 after shocking the tennis world with her U.S. Open victory.

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