It’s not easy to embrace a fight against the great Serena Williams and to actually survive it. Bianca Andreescu, a Canadian teenager, has crushed Williams’ major record-breaking game at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday, She is now greeted and adored by millions of fans after winning the US Open final against the American. She is now a Grand Slam champion. Meanwhile, missing another close chance of equalling Margaret Court’s 24th Grand Slam title record, Serena Williams, the 23 Grand Slam winner, looked heart-broken after accepting defeat by 19-year-old from Bianca. She took a 6-3, 5-1 lead before giving up her double-break lead to Williams but the American lacked her usual charm, who failed in her bid to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.
At the US Open, Bianca fought for her first ever Slam final as the 19-year-old defeated 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to win the $3.85 million top prize.
“If anyone else could win the US Open—except for Venus—I’m glad it’s Bianca,” Williams graciously said after the match. “Oh man, it wasn’t easy at all,” Bianca said about the match. “I’m really proud with how I dealt with everything.”
- Serena Williams lost another final. In her fourth major final since childbirth two years ago, the ace tennis star was looking for a history-making 24th major title
- Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu beat Serena Williams in the US Open final on Sunday
- Serena sailed into another Grand Slam final, if won that would have also meant breaking Chris Evert’s record of 101 U.S. Open wins, and her record of six U.S. Open title championships
- 19-year-old Bianca fought for her first Slam final, defeated 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to win the $3.85 million top prize.
When asked about the hardest part of crossing the finish line, Bianca said, “Definitely the crowd. I know you wanted Serena to win—I’m sorry!”
“I think it’s just inside of me somehow. I think it’s just my passion for the game,” Andreescu said of her secret to success. “I don’t like to lose, so I just try my best every match. I expect a lot from myself, so I think that pressure also helps me do my best in matches.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, took to Twitter to praise Bianca’s brilliant score:
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 7, 2019
Bianca ran past Belinda Bencic to set up a highly-anticipated final with Serena Williams, the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the Open era. The teenager has already won titles at Indian Wells and Toronto during her breakout 2019 season. She only has eight major match wins to her name, six of them coming in this year’s event at Flushing Meadows.
Bianca, 19, was not even born when Williams, 37, appeared in her first Slam final.
“I believe I could have played better,” Serena said. “I believe I could have done more. I believe I could have just been more Serena today. I honestly don’t think Serena showed up. I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.”
Serena’s semi-final win helped her equal Chris Evert’s record of 101 wins. On the other hand, after the victory, Bianca achieved a career-best fifth in the world rankings, matching the best-ever mark by a Canadian woman set by Eugenie Bouchard in 2014.
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