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Andreescu on facing Serena in US Open final: 'It's a dream come true'

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 6 Sep 2019
  • Andreescu overcomes Bencic in straight sets to make first Grand Slam final
  • The 19-year-old says it's a 'dream come true' to face Serena in the U.S. Open title match
  • The Canadian is on a 13-match winning streak heading into Saturday's showpiece
Bianca Andreescu (PA Images)

Bianca Andreescu says it’s a ‘dream come true’ to face Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final as the Canadian teenage star continued her extraordinary season at Flushing Meadows on Thursday night.

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Andreescu twice recovered from a double break down in the second set to close out Belinda Bencic 7-6(3) 7-5 to win her 13th consecutive match and advance into a first Grand Slam final in her maiden U.S. Open main draw.


The 19-year-old will face Serena in Saturday’s final. Andreescu wasn’t even born when the 37-year-old Serena won her first U.S. Open title in 1999.

“It’s just surreal,” Andreescu said during her post-match interview. “I really don’t know what to say. It’s a dream come true playing against Serena in the finals of the US Open, like, I don’t know what to say. It’s crazy, it’s crazy
"I remember always telling my team I would have always wanted to play [Williams] right before she retires," she continued in her post-match press conference. "I'm really looking forward to it. She's an amazing champion on and off the court. It's going to be fun."
"I remember watching her when I was about 10. I watched her win most of her Grand Slam titles. I think she's fighting for her 24th on Saturday. I'm sure she's going to bring her A-game. I'm going to try to bring my A-game, too. Hopefully, I guess, may the best player win."

Andreescu, like Serena, wasn’t at her explosive best against Bencic, but she raised her level when it mattered most, coming back from deficits in both sets to move past the Swiss.

Bianca Andreescu (PA Images)
The Canadian saved six break points in the opening set, including a set point while serving at 4-5 before taking it in a tiebreak, while Andreescu also came back from 1-4 down and 2-5 down in the second, ultimately winning the last five games of the match to surge into her first major final.

Remarkably, Andreescu was ranked outside the top 200 at this time last year and lost in the first round of U.S. Open qualifying. Now the 19-year-old is ensured to crack the top 10 when the new rankings are released on Monday, while she will rise to as high as No. 5 in the world if she wins the title.

“If someone told me a year ago that I’d be in the finals of the US Open this year, I’d tell them you’re crazy,” she said.

Andreescu has won her last 13 matches after claiming the Rogers Cup title last month when Serena retired in the final with a back injury.

In her first full season on tour, Andreescu is 44-4 in all competitions, beaten all seven top 10 players she’s faced and last lost a completed match on March 1 when Sofia Kenin edged her in the Acapulco semi-finals.

Andreescu also won the Premier Mandatory BNP Paribas Open title in March and finished runner-up in Auckland at the start of the season. The teenager missed the entire clay and grass seasons (except for one match at Roland Garros) with an ongoing shoulder injury, which makes her sensational run of form even more impressive.

"I've always dreamt of this moment ever since I was a little kid," Andreescu said. "But I don't think many people would have actually thought that it would become a reality."

Andreescu is just the sixth woman to have made a Grand Slam final in four appearances or less.

She will be aiming to equal the record for fastest ever major triumph held by Monica Seles from her 1990 Roland Garros victory when she takes to court against Serena on Saturday.


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Andreescu on facing Serena in US Open final: "It's a dream come true"

Bianca Andreescu says it’s a ‘dream come true’ to face Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final as the Canadian teenage star continued her extraordinary season at Flushing Meadows on Thursday night.

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