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dateline: 11 September 2019

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Canadian Teen Beats Tennis Legend to Win US Open

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Grand Slam (tennis): a major professional tennis tournament (there are four majors each year)
  • singles: one-on-one tennis matches
  • set: one of two to three parts in a tennis match; players must win at least six games to win a set and two sets to win a match
  • qualify: to achieve the required results to compete or enter
  • cheque: a printed form of money for a set amount

Canadian Teen Beats Tennis Legend to Win US Open

On September 7, 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu became the first tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Andreescu beat legend Serena Williams in two straight sets to win the US Open . Before this season, Andreescu was practically an unknown. She did not even qualify for last year’s US Open. Three years ago, the young tennis player wrote a pretend cheque to herself for winning the US Open. On Sunday, she her real prize money of over five million Canadian dollars. Andreescu’s win is being celebrated as one of Canada’s most historic wins.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why does the report mention tennis legend Serena Williams?
  2. What did Andreescu do at the age of 16?
  3. What makes this win so historic?

Discussion Questions

Bianca Andreescu visualized winning the US Open. Do you believe in the power of visualization, and have you tried it?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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