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Brilliant Bianca! Canada's Andreescu beats Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to win the 2019 US Open

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 8 Sep 2019
  • Bianca Andreescu wins the 2019 US Open
  • Andreescu defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the final to claim her first major title
  • Williams has now lost four Grand Slam finals in a row
Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams with the winner and runner's-up trophy at the US Open (PA Sports)

Bianca Andreescu is the 2019 US Open champion after defeating Serena Williams in the final.


For the first time in its history, Canada has a Grand Slam singles champion after Bianca Andreescu claimed her maiden major title at the 2019 US Open, aged just 19.

Playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam for only the fourth time, Andreescu maintained her unbeaten record against top-10 players and survived a late comeback attempt from Serena Williams as she defeated the six-time US Open champion 6-3, 7-5.

Williams has now lost her last four Grand Slam finals in straight sets.

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Andreescu celebrates victory at the US Open (PA Sports)
ndreescu has won two of the biggest hard-court titles this year, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March and the Rogers Cup at home in Toronto in August despite a shoulder injury which kept her off the court completely for the best part of five months, and despite her lack of experience she appeared totally unbothered by playing in a Grand Slam final against a much more experienced opponent - with a crowd filling the largest tennis stadium in the world so in favour of her opponent that at one point Andreescu had to put her fingers in her ears to block the noise.

Williams struggled with her serve throughout the match, only landing 44% of her first serves and at one point wailing to her box, 'I can't get a serve in!'. Part of the problem, however, was Andreescu's exceptionally effective returning.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion was broken to open the match as she double faulted break point down, but quickly got on the board and a succession of impressive service holds from both women followed until the seventh game of the set.

With Williams serving at 2-4 and trying to stay in touch at just one break down, she quickly became embroiled in a battle to hold serve, giving up a first break point after consecutive forehand errors. In a ten-minute game, Williams saved five break points before edging to a hold for 3-4, even as her unforced errors climbed (12 to Andreescu's four).

The momentum seemed to be with Williams after battling to that gritty hold of serve, and she got her first break point of the match as Andreescu served at 4-3, but the Canadian pulled out an ace before finding two big serves, the second backed up by a forehand winner, to hold for 5-3.

Williams struggled to play her best tennis (PA Sports)
It turned the match definitively in Andreescu's favour as she won the next three games, breaking Williams for the second time to lead 6-3 before going on to break Williams to love as the American made consecutive forehand errors.

Williams finally managed to break Andreescu's serve to get back on level terms at 1-2 after a 12-shot rally of controlled aggression in which she pummelled the Andreescu backhand, but she could not find first serves again as she tried to consolidate, serving at 14% for the set. Williams found an ace for game point, but double-faulted herself back to deuce and Andreescu re-established her break for 3-1.

Now 0-7 in sets in the four Grand Slam finals she had played since returning from maternity leave, Williams disintegrated rapidly, turning in another horror of a service game to trail 3-6, 1-5 and leave Andreescu serving for the match amidst stunned silence on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

There was a big twist to come, however. After saving championship point at 5-1 with a ferocious forehand winner off Andreescu's first serve, Williams broke back and reeled off four games to level at 5-5, finding her fearsome first serve for the first time in the match with the crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium doing their best to raise the roof whenever Williams won a point.

It was a huge test for Andreescu's nerve, especially when she double-faulted early in her service game at 5-5. But the Canadian showed the poise and maturity beyond her years which she is rapidly becoming known for, finding three big serves to stop the run of games against her and hold serve to lead 6-5, forcing Williams to serve to stay in the match for a third time.

It was one time too many. Williams's first serve deserted her again and at 15-15, seeing a second serve, Andreescu struck one of her finest returns of the match - a clean forehand winner down the line for 15-30. Williams missed a backhand to give up two championship points and although she saved the first with an ace, the second went Andreescu's way.

The 19-year-old looked stunned, first receiving a warm hug from Williams before falling flat on her back on the court, then climbing up to her box to celebrate with her coach Sylvain Bruneau, the rest of her team and her parents.

'This year has been a dream come true,' Andreescu said.

'I am beyond grateful and truly blessed. I've worked really hard for this moment. To play on this stage against Serena - a true legend of the sport - is amazing.'

She ended her champion's interview with three words certain to strike fear into the hearts of the rest of the WTA: 'Let's keep going.'
 


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Brilliant Bianca! Canada's Andreescu beats Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to win the 2019 US Open

19-year-old Bianca Andreescu became Canada's first singles Grand Slam champion as she defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the 2019 US Open, despite a late comeback attempt from the 23-time Grand Slam champion who has now lost four major finals in a row

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