Video: Bianca Andreescu defeats Serena Williams to win US Open women’s singles title
19 year old Bianca Andreescu becomes first Canadian, be it male or female to win a Grand Slam singles title; Serena Williams remains one short of Margaret Court’s all-time haul of 24 majors.
Bianca Andreescu won her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open and caused further agony for Serena Williams in her pursuit of an elusive record–equalling 24th major crown.
The 19-year-old Canadian defeated the six-time champion 6-3 7-5 to celebrate a memorable main draw debut at Flushing Meadows as Williams suffered her fourth Grand Slam final defeat since the birth of her first child in September 2017.
Bianca Andreescu Match Point and Celebration Winning the 2019 US Open Championship
Andreescu saw a championship point saved at 5-1 in the second set as Williams fought back but she recovered to become the first Canadian – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Twelve months ago, Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos in a loss to Naomi Osaka and was docked a point, sparking a debate about sexism in tennis.
A perfect ice breaker! ❄
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2019
Most of the 24,000 in attendance last year were passionately rooting for Williams, the home favorite, and that didn’t change Saturday. But Williams again finished as the runner-up, despite rallying from 5-1 and match point down in the second set to prompt a nail-biting conclusion.
The two players exchanged a hug at the net after Andreescu ripped a return winner on her third match point. Seconds later, Andreescu lay flat on the court, face up, and closed her eyes.
Williams — watched by her good friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, as she was in the Wimbledon final — will have to wait until 2020 to potentially tie Margaret Court’s record of winning 24 majors.
Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu speaks about her Grand Slam win at press conference
The 37-year-old is still tennis royalty, despite losing her last four grand slam finals and in straight sets.
The feisty, all-around Andreescu — watched by her parents — stretched her winning streak to 14 matches and if you exclude a retirement loss, hasn’t suffered a defeat since March 1 in Acapulco. She improved to 8-0 against the top 10 in 2019.
“She’s a warrior and street fighter,” her coach, Sylvain Bruneau, said on Friday.
Womens Finals Trophy Ceremony
Anyone who didn’t know that already found out Saturday. Appearing in her first grand slam final, Andreescu — not yet born when Williams won her first US Open title in 1999 — wasn’t shy to let out one “come on” after another.
She made the perfect start, breaking Williams after her opponent led 40-15. Williams double-faulted twice to end the game in a sign of what was to come. Double-faults would be an issue for Williams — hitting eight in total — and she only served at 44 percent.
such a lil nug 😩😩😩😩😩 https://t.co/7aVlwKVXcT
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) September 5, 2019
Andreescu failed to convert five break chances leading 4-2 in a game that stretched to 10 minutes. But she shrugged off the disappointment in the next game, gutsily saving a break point with an ace. Another double-fault from Williams duly ended the opening set.
The fourth game of the second set summed up Williams’ woe. Finally getting an ace, a gesture of outstretched arms from Williams suggested the expression, “Where has that been?”
On the next point, she double-faulted.
A drop-shot miss from Williams at 1-5 left Williams’ mom Oracene looking perplexed in the stands, but she saved a match point to break for 2-5 and held to get closer to Andreescu.
The crowd was off their feet and reached fever pitch when Andreescu missed a backhand at 5-3, 0-15 with Williams stranded. Andreescu seemed to try to block out the noise with her fingers.
A surging Williams incredibly got back on serve but it was still tricky, serving to stay in the championship match. From 30-30 — after two aces and two double faults — a rattled Andreescu missed two second-serve returns.
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