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The Marathon Project: ‘Time is now’ for Canadians to take shot at Olympic standard

The Marathon Project will be the first competition at the distance for Canadians Justin Kent and Ben Preisner, who also share the same coach and a love for road racing after a seamless transition from the track.

But they took different paths to this weekend’s elite-only professional race in Arizona, while the latter appears more aggressive in making an immediate push for the Tokyo Olympic standard.

“I had my eye on the Olympic standard and a lot of my training was geared towards that,” said Preisner, who spent the final five weeks of his marathon build running at altitude in Flagstaff, 270 kilometres north of Chandler, site of Sunday’s 42.2 km event.

“Through my half marathon training and what I’ve done now in the marathon, I’ve felt I’m capable of hitting the standard. This is the time to do it. The Olympic year is [approaching] and the [qualifying] window is closing [May 31]. I might as well give it a shot and be confident going in.”

Preisner, one of six Canadians who will take the line at 10 a.m. ET, also trained at Flagstaff in January until his planned marathon debut in London was postponed in March when coronavirus shut down sports in North America. The 24-year-old ran his own marathon time trial in April in two hours 15 minutes 24 seconds, nearly four minutes off the 2:11:30 men’s Olympic standard.

Ben Preisner of Milton, Ont., says he was fit to run a half marathon personal best at worlds in October after training at altitude in Arizona early in 2020. (Submitted by Richard Lee)

Preisner then shifted his focus to the half marathon and noted he was in shape to lower his 1:02:57 personal best at the world championships in October before Athletics Canada pulled its team from the event after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Poland.

“I took that fitness and it played well into this marathon build,” said the native of Milton, Ont.

Preisner won his debut half marathon in 2019 in Vancouver and four months later at the Toronto Waterfront event after five years of cross-country and track running at the University of Tulsa.

“I love the feel of road racing. It’s kind of a fast cross-country race and I’ve always excelled at the longer distances.”

Kent, who remained in Vancouver to train, pointed out many don’t reach the marathon standard in their first race like Cam Levins, who set the national record in his debut at Toronto in 2018 and is racing Sunday.

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“I feel I’d be doing the distance a bit of a disservice if I said I’d run the Olympic standard in my first go,” said Kent, who is also coached by Richard Lee at BC Endurance Project. “Training has been going really well and I want to come out of this marathon with a positive experience, whether that’s 2:15 and I finish strong, or I get closer to the Olympic standard. I’d be happy either way.”

The 28-year-old mostly ran the 1,500 metres and mile before bursting on the road scene last year and winning the Vancouver Sun Run 10K.

‘There’s such an allure with the marathon’

This year, Kent won the men’s race of the first-ever virtual Canadian 10K Championships, met the world half marathon standard and ran a 62-minute half along Vancouver’s Seawall.

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“I’ve always felt good running on the road,” he said. “I think my stride clicks a bit more with a harder surface and I get in a groove.

“There’s such an allure with the marathon and as a distance runner it’s always fascinated me.”

Kent said he prepared mentally for The Marathon Project, which will be contested on a fast 6.9 km loop course with roundabouts at each end, by running loops in training and 50 laps around a track last month in breaking the national 20,000 record by nine seconds in 1:01:01.

Lee believes Preisner and Kent could run sub-2:14 with a reasonable chance of being under the Olympic standard if the weather cooperates, they feel strong, control their nerves and fuel properly during the race.

Scottish runner Sarah Inglis, a physical education teacher in Langley, B.C., is also making her marathon debut in Arizona while Natasha Wodak, Kinsey Middleton and Rory Linkletter round out the Canadian contingent. Ben Flanagan of Kitchener, Ont., who won his debut half marathon earlier this month, will be a pacesetter for the 2:11:30 men’s group.

Wodak’s primary goal for Tokyo is the 10,000, but the Vancouver runner is “feeling fit and healthy” and told CBC Sports she has had several workouts suggesting she can run sub-2:27 and under the 2:29:30 women’s Olympic standard.

“In my last two big sessions I was able to hit my target paces even though I had some pain — hamstring tendinitis that comes and goes,” said Wodak, who clocked 2:35:16 in her first and only marathon in 2013. “I know when it gets tough during the race and the pain sets in, I’ll be able to endure and fight.”

Levins, like Preisner, spent five weeks in Flagstaff continuing his build from the London Marathon.

The Black Creek, B.C., athlete ran at 2:09:30 pace through 35 km in the rain and cool conditions but later dropped out when the standard didn’t feel attainable.

The thought of a quick return to racing in the United States and being part of a quality field was attractive to Levins, who lives in Portland, Ore.

“If I lower the Canadian record, I should be in a good situation for being selected for the Olympics,” said Levins, who ran the course on Tuesday. “It’ll probably take that to solidify a spot. There are a lot of good Canadians [competing], a lot of guys in good form, but I have no reason to think I’m not ready.”

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‘No turning back now’: Giants’ Nakken embracing role as 1st female MLB coach

Alyssa Nakken stole a quick glance out a window high above the ballpark toward McCovey Cove on a picture-perfect day and grinned.

She is honoured to take on the challenge — and embrace the responsibility — of being the first female major league coach, having joined new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler’s staff last month.

“I’m most comfortable at a baseball field,” she said.

It’s a good thing, since she will be spending countless hours over the coming eight months in this very setting. Nakken will be in uniform and helping the Giants with everything from cage work to infield practice.

For Nakken, making history means being ready each day to make an impact in her own distinct way while ignoring the critics and anyone who figures she is unfit for an on-field baseball job based on her gender.

“No turning back now, you’re in it,” she said. “Here we go.”

She does accept her role as an example for girls and women that they can work in baseball.

“It’s a big deal. I feel a great sense of responsibility and I feel it’s my job to honour those who have helped me to where I am,” she said.

Kapler and Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi have all the confidence in Nakken’s ability to help build clubhouse continuity through stronger bonds between young players and veterans.

“I think why it’s difficult for me to put it into words is because throughout the interview process and getting to know Gabe and Farhan a little bit more, it was never about this,” Nakken said. “It was never about being a female. It was never about being the first.

“It was about, ‘Hey, we have a brand new staff, there’s a lot going on, we need somebody to come in here and make an impact in this clubhouse, for this staff, for the team and help us win, somebody who knows baseball, is a good communicator, can build relationships, can build trust and that’s what it was about.'”

Poker champion

A polished speaker who has become adept at hiding any nerves, Nakken is taking initiative early. She put on a two-day coaches retreat this week that included a “culinary experience” — much more than “a food tour,” she said — through San Francisco’s historic and diverse Mission District.

“For the record, I won the poker tournament,” she noted. She also got a shout-out from retired manager Bruce Bochy when they crossed paths Thursday. He is now a senior adviser for the franchise.

Nakken doesn’t claim to be an expert on hitting or pitching. She plans to assist coaches on both sides, and will also work a lot on outfield defence and baserunning. Nakken will be in uniform but not in the dugout during games, rather working with players in the cage to keep them ready.

She’s felt welcomed by players so far, with spring training set to start next week.

“I’ve been ready for a challenge like this, something new,” she said.

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb, the former California women’s basketball coach in nearby Berkeley, hopes Nakken paves the way for more women to work in prominent baseball jobs — and not just behind the scenes.

“That’s great news for the Giants and for baseball,” Gottlieb said. “Any organization benefits from diverse opinions and experiences, and baseball is no different. I don’t know Alyssa but I’m sure she’ll be a fantastic addition to the Giants staff, and that in turn should make the hiring of women and baseball something every team considers to ensure they have the strongest possible staff.”

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The NBA has several female assistant coaches. The NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, who lost to Kansas City in Sunday’s Super Bowl, have Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant. Sowers became the first woman and openly gay coach to work at a Super Bowl.

At Sacramento State from 2009-2012, Nakken was a three-time all-conference player at first base and four-time Academic All American. She went on to earn a master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco in 2015 — after interning with the Giants’ baseball operations department a year earlier.

The idea of working with USF’s baseball program helped draw her to the city and to pursue this career path.

“Alyssa is a bright, wonderful communicator, diligent listener,” longtime USF baseball coach Nino Giarratano said. “Very competitive, coachable, wonderful person. Alyssa will be tough enough to withstand any and all adversity with dignity and charm.”

Nakken is ready to get to work.

“In terms of this setting, I love what I’m doing,” she said, “and I love this position that I’m in.”

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Vanessa Bryant: ‘There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now’

Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant, offered her first public comments since Sunday’s helicopter crash that took the lives of the basketball star, daughter Gianna and seven others.

Vanessa thanked the millions of fans who offered their support in wake of the tragedy in an Instagram post.

“Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately.

“There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”

The tragic death of Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in the helicopter crash Sunday, has sparked an outpouring of grief and tributes for the basketball great who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles during his 20-year career.

Married in 2001, Kobe and Vanessa had four daughters together: Natalia, 17; Gianna, who was 13; Bianka, three; and seven-month Capri. The Bryants would have celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary this April.

Vanessa also announced the creation of the MambaOn Three Fund to support the other families affected by the tragedy.

“I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever.”

There has been no announcement on funeral or memorial plans yet for Kobe and Gianna Bryant. Vanessa Bryant asked for a continued respect of her family’s privacy as they begin to “navigate this new reality.”

The Los Angeles Lakers franchise also its first public comments since Sunday in a statement posted to Twitter.

“Words cannot express what Kobe means to the Los Angeles Lakers, our fans, and our city. More than a basketball player, he was a beloved father, husband, and teammate. Their love and light will remain in our hearts forever.”

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‘Not now. Then when?’: Kobe Bryant’s death prompts battle over focus on star’s rape charge

For author and attorney Mark Shaw, there’s one memory of Kobe Bryant seared into his brain — that of a young basketball star seated in a Colorado courtroom with what he perceived as a flippant attitude to the charge of sexual assault against him.

“Here was Kobe with an arrogant look on his face,” said Shaw, who covered the case for ESPN in 2004.

“It bothered me and it bothered all of the other reporters. He wasn’t taking this seriously at all. I don’t know if he was in denial or whatever, but he just didn’t take it seriously.”

Shaw, who is convinced of Bryant’s guilt, said he is particularly bothered by the coverage of Bryant’s death, that not enough emphasis has been placed on this part of the athlete’s life.

The tragic death of Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday, has sparked an outpouring of grief and tributes for the basketball great who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles during his 20-year career. But others have been quick to note that Bryant’s legacy is also marked by an allegation of sexual assault. And that, in turn, has sparked a backlash from some fans angered that the allegations were revisited so soon after his death.

“When someone passes away, certainly you want to highlight what they did well in life. And apparently he did kind of turn his life around from that point and became a great father, and the things that he’s done and all of that, that’s great,” said Shaw.

But you just need to tell both sides of the story. A lot of times people just don’t want to really know the truth. They would rather discard that and only look at the positives that were involved with somebody’s life.”

Bryant at the Eagle County Justice Center in 2004 for pretrial motions in connection with the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman. (Ed Andrieski/The Associated Press)

Indeed, a Washington Post reporter faced considerable social media backlash and death threats after she tweeted a link to an old article about the sexual assault allegation against Bryant shortly after he was killed. (Felicia Sonmez was suspended by the paper, which then seemed to back off on Tuesday.)

Jill Filipovic, lawyer and author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness, said it’s possible to “grieve a life lost and also address that life honestly.”

“To everyone yelling NOT NOW: Then when? When are we supposed to grapple with, and tell the whole truth about, the lives of people many admire?” she tweeted Sunday.

In a blog posted titled Kobe Bryant and Complicated Legacies, Filipovic wrote that all of his success in sports is “key to Kobe’s story” but also “is not the whole story.”

“Out of some mislaid definition of ‘respect,’ we are so excellent at sidelining the inconvenient parts, at least when the inconvenient parts are women we’ve made invisible and the one inconvenienced is a man we would prefer to keep admiring, without complication,” she wrote.

Bryant with his daughter Gianna at the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game. Gianna was also killed in the helicopter crash Sunday. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In 2003, Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado resort. He had said the two had consensual sex. Prosecutors later dropped the felony sexual assault charge at the request of the accuser, in exchange for a public apology. Bryant also settled a civil suit against him by the accuser for an undisclosed amount of money.

While some endorsements dried up, including McDonald’s, other major companies like Nike stuck by Bryant. He was largely able to put the allegations behind him, going on to have one of the most successful careers in the NBA, eventually retiring in 2016 as the third-leading scorer in the league’s history. 

However, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, those allegations resurfaced. In March 2018, after he won an Oscar for the short animated film Dear Basketball, based on a poem he wrote, some criticized the Academy for its selection. And in Oct. 2018, he was ousted from the jury of an animated film festival after an online petition was circulated demanding he be dropped.

Shaw said in recounting Bryant’s legacy, it’s fine to talk about how Bryant seemed to change his ways following the alleged attack.

I think you can do it in a way where you say despite him being charged with sexual assault … Kobe Bryant had become a changed man. I think you can put a positive spin on this — but it does need to include this incident that happened back then.”

Globe and Mail investigative reporter Robyn Doolittle, whose recent book Had it Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo? includes a chapter about the Bryant case, said it’s important to remember someone like Bryant as a whole person. 

“He can be a basketball legend, and it means so much to so many people, and he can also be an amazing father, by all accounts. He can also be someone who faced very credible sexual assault or rape allegations,” she said.

“I don’t necessarily think that people should hate Kobe Bryant. My book is all about ‘It’s not black or white. The hot take isn’t necessarily the most productive one.'”

His death, the outpouring of grief, and what some might say is an effort by fans to ignore the most controversial chapter of his life is illustrative of the intense relationship many have with their celebrity idols, said Bradley Bond, a University of San Diego associate professor in communication studies.

Bond studies the psychological concept known as parasocial relationship: the way people develop very strong social and emotional ties to fictional characters and celebrities.

The nature of entertainment media is to continually disclose information about these people, and the public feels like they get to know them over the course of time, he said.

“So it makes sense that when one of those perceived relationships dissolves that we experience grief in a similar way.”

Eric Mascarenhas comforts his son Nicolas at a memorial for Bryant near the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/The Associated Press)

And when a celebrity does something that conflicts with one’s own moral code, it either negatively influences the relationship or fans find a way to close that cognitive dissonance with some type of excuse, Bond said.

I think the easiest case with something like Kobe’s complicated background is to simply not believe the accuser.”

As well, fans may also be able to separate an actor or athlete’s personal life with their performance.

“You can still admire that primary attribute even if secondary attributes might conflict with what you see as an admirable person. I think you can separate Kobe the athlete from Kobe the individual.”

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‘Do something now,’ says chair of panel warning drug resistance may kill 400,000 Canadians by 2050

Superbugs are likely to kill nearly 400,000 Canadians and cost the economy about $ 400 billion in gross domestic product over the next 30 years, warns a landmark report.

An expert panel cautions in “When antibiotics fail: The growing cost of antimicrobial resistance in Canada” that the percentage of bacterial infections resistant to treatment is likely to grow from 26 per cent in 2018 to 40 per cent by 2050.

This is almost as big, if not bigger, than climate change.– Brett Finlay, panel chair

This increase is expected to cost Canada 396,000 lives, $ 120 billion in hospital expenses and $ 388 billion in gross domestic product over the next three decades.

“This is almost as big, if not bigger, than climate change in a sense because this is directly impacting people. The numbers are just staggering,” Brett Finlay, a University of British Columbia microbiology professor who chaired the panel, said in an interview. “It’s time to do something now.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada commissioned the report on the socio-economic impacts of antimicrobial resistance and the Council of Canadian Academies assembled the independent panel. The 268-page document released Tuesday represents the most comprehensive picture to date of the country’s resistance rate, as well as its costs to the health system and economy.

A computer-generated image shows a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. This increase in antibiotic-resistant infections is expected to cost Canada 396,000 lives, $ 120 billion in hospital expenses and $ 388 billion in gross domestic product over the next three decades. (Centers for Disease Control/Associated Press)

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, evolve to resist the drugs that would otherwise kill them. Unnecessary antimicrobial use in humans and agriculture exacerbates the problem, and widespread international travel and trade help resistant bacteria spread around the world.

The most common antimicrobials are antibiotics, which treat infections caused by bacteria. The report focuses on resistant bacteria, but uses the broader term antimicrobial because surveillance data tend to be collected under this heading.

Canada slow to act

An investigation by The Canadian Press last year revealed Canada has been sluggish to act on the growing threat. At that time, the government did not know how many Canadians were dying of resistant infections and it had not produced a plan that lays out responsibilities for provinces and territories.

A pan-Canadian action plan has still not materialized, but the new report estimates an annual death toll in Canada. The panel used the current resistance rate of 26 per cent to calculate resistant infections contributed to over 14,000 deaths in 2018, and of those, 5,400 were directly attributable to the infections — only slightly less than those caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

The panel’s economists used a more cautious model to project the impacts than a well-known international report by British economist Jim O’Neill, which predicted up to 10 million global deaths annually by 2050.

Registered nurse Maricel Teodoro, 24, walks out of a patient isolation room on Friday, March 18, 2005 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto as she demonstrates isolation procedures. Resistant infections decrease quality of life while increasing isolation and stigma for patients. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The Canadian report’s findings on the economic and social toll of antimicrobial resistance are stark. Currently, the problem costs the national health-care system $ 1.4 billion a year, and by 2050, that figure is projected to grow to $ 7.6 billion, the report says. The cost to GDP is expected to jump from $ 2 billion to up to $ 21 billion annually.

Resistant infections decrease quality of life while increasing isolation and stigma and the impact will be unequally distributed as some socio-economic groups are more at risk, the report adds. These groups include Indigenous, low-income and homeless people, as well as those who travel to developing countries where resistant microbes are more common.

“Discrimination may be targeted at those with resistant infections or deemed to be at risk of infection,” the report warns. “Canadian society may become less open and trusting, with people less likely to travel and more supportive of closing Canada’s borders to migration and tourists.”

Antimicrobial resistance has the potential to impact everyone, Finlay says.

“It’s going to change the world,” he says. “We all go to hospitals and we all get infections.”

The report notes that resistance could increase the risk and reduce the availability of routine medical procedures including kidney dialysis, joint replacement, chemotherapy and caesarean section. These procedures all carry a threat of infections for which antibiotics are commonly prescribed.

Limiting the impacts of antimicrobial resistance requires a “complete re-evaluation” of health care in Canada, the report concludes.

Surveillance needed

The panel states that Canada lacks an effective federal, provincial and territorial surveillance system of antimicrobial resistance and use, with little comprehensive data describing the number of resistant infections and their characteristics.

It also calls for improved stewardship involving careful use of antimicrobials to preserve their effectiveness, strict infection prevention and control through hand hygiene, equipment cleaning and research and innovation for new treatments.

Pills of the antibiotic amoxicillin are seen in a pharmacy in Germany. The expert panel calculated that resistant infections contributed to over 14,000 deaths in Canada in 2018, and of those, 5,400 were directly attributable to the infections. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

The report notes it’s unlikely that new broad-spectrum antimicrobials will be discovered. None have been found in decades and there’s little profit incentive for pharmaceutical companies to invest in drugs that quickly cure patients. However, the panel calls for more flexible regulations and incentives to promote discovery of new antimicrobials that treat infections caused by specific bacteria.

Alternative therapies are also being developed to treat or prevent resistant infections, including vaccines and treatments using phages, which are viruses that attack bacteria, the report adds.

Canada should immediately invest $ 120 million in research and innovation. and up to $ 150 million in stewardship, education and infection control, matched by the provinces and territories, says Dr. John Conly, a panel member and University of Calgary professor specializing in chronic diseases.

The government and public should “absolutely” be as concerned about antimicrobial resistance as they are about climate change, Conly says.

“It’s a slow-moving tsunami. Like a tidal wave, it’s out at sea but it’s going to land on us much sooner than climate change.”

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‘She is the star now’: Fans react to Bianca Andreescu’s Rogers Cup victory

Canadians celebrated on Sunday when 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont, became Rogers Cup champion — the first Canadian woman to win the tennis tournament in 50 years.

Andreescu was declared the winner after tennis legend Serena Williams was forced to retire from the match at Toronto’s Aviva Centre with a reported upper-back injury. Andreescu was leading the first set 3-1 when Williams called for a medical timeout and later retired.

Andreescu, right, stands alongside Williams during the trophy presentation at the Rogers Cup. (Evan Mitsui/CBC News)

Tia Trovato, a 19-year-old hockey player, said while she was happy to see Serena in person, she was hoping for a Bianca win. “I didn’t see that coming, that was shocking,” Trovato said of Williams’s retirement from the final.

“I know that she is getting a little bit older but she always fight so hard in her matches, I never thought that would happen. I thought they were going to fight it to the end but props to Bianca. We’re the same age, that’s so crazy that she’s winning the Rogers Cup at 19,” Trovato added.

Tia Trovato, a 19-year-old hockey player, said while she was happy to see Williams play in person, she was hoping for an Andreescu win. (CBC)

‘It was a great match’

Jim Vice was also hoping to see the two fight it out to the end for the winner’s trophy, but he was still very happy with the result.

“It was a great match,” Vice told CBC Toronto.

“It would have been a lot of fun to see them go to the end but we all like to see Bianca win. That was very popular.”

Williams said the injury is a recurring back spasm that doesn’t affect her ability to walk but makes serves and overhand shots painful. She’s expected to go to Cincinnati for the next stop on the WTA Tour to test it out ahead of the U.S. Open.

Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., was up 3-1 in the first set at Aviva Centre when Williams called for a medical timeout and later retired from the final. (Evan Mitsui/CBC News)

Jennifer Burtyanoff  says she was “surprised” to see Serena pull out 20 minutes in. Even so, she says it does not diminish the importance of the win for Andreescu.

“It’s a true win, man. She played, she beat her, it’s the way the game goes,” Burtyanoff told CBC News.

“It was bittersweet but I guess that’s the way it goes.”

Fan Jennifer Burtyanoff said even though the game was cut short, it did not diminish the importance of the win for Andreescu. (CBC)

Irma Fine was one Canadian rooting for Serena Williams. But when it was all over, she only had five words.

“She is the star now,” Fine said of Andreescu.

‘Golden years,’ Tennis Canada exec says

For Dave Bertrand, Andreescu always had a good chance, even if Williams had not retired.

“It would have been a heck of a match,” Bertrand said. “It was great for Bianca. She deserved it. I think it’s a good win and we’ll see some good things possible in Cincinnati and definitely the U.S. Open.

“I don’t know what’s happening in Canadian tennis but it’s good and I hope it keeps on going,” Bertrand added.

The Romanian flag was also on display Sunday at the Rogers Cup final in Toronto. Andreescu was born in Mississauga, Ont., to Romanian parents and speaks the language fluently. (Evan Mitsui/CBC News)

Michael Downey, president and CEO of Tennis Canada agree with Bertrand that these are great times for Canadian tennis.

“Tennis is a great sport in this country. It’s the golden years right now. The next 10 years are going to be special,” Downey told CBC News.

Michael Downey, president and CEO of Tennis Canada, said ‘it’s the golden years right now’ for Canadian tennis. (CBC)

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