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Serena frustrated with 'inexcusable' US Open final defeat to Andreescu - 'I don't think Serena turned up'

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 8 Sep 2019
  • Serena downcast after tough US Open final loss to Andreescu
  • The American branded her performance as 'inexcusable'
Serena Williams (PA Images)

Serena Williams was understandably struggling to take in one of her most painful defeats to Bianca Andreescu in the U.S. Open final, branding her level of play as ‘inexcusable’ and declaring she played her ‘worst match of the tournament’ in Saturday’s showpiece.

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Andreescu’s extraordinary rise hit fresh heights as the 19-year-old became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, beating Serena 6-3 7-5.

Serena struggled significantly on serve and surprisingly found it difficult to keep her composure early in the second set as Andreescu surged to a 5-1 lead - and although the American was able to mount a brave comeback to 5-5, she was unable to force a decider as the Canadian regrouped to hold and break for the match.

Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams (PA Images)
The defeat means Serena is still chasing Margaret Court’s record of 24 major singles titles, with the 37-year-old going 0-8 in sets in Grand Slam finals since returning to the tour in 2018.

"I believe I could have just been more Serena today," Williams said in her post-match press conference.
"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. It's inexcusable for me to play at that level."

Despite lamenting her own performance, Serena found time to praise Andreescu, saying she was impressed at how the teenager handled the pressure-filled environment of a first major final.

“I felt like Bianca plays well under pressure,” Serena said. “She played really well at Indian Wells. She was definitely not a favourite there, but she goes out and she plays hard. She does what she does best, and that's move up to the ball, that's hit winners, that's play with a ton of intensity.
“I just feel like she did that really, really well today… She played really well, and she deserves this championship.” 

Serena had been in ruthless form on her way to the final, barely losing games in crushing victories over the likes of Maria Sharapova, Wang Qiang and Elina Svitolina.

But, once again, the legendary American couldn’t produce her best tennis in the final, following on from slam title match defeats to Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka since last year.

“All of it honestly, truly is super frustrating,” Serena admitted. “I'm, like, so close, so close, so close, yet so far away. I don't know what to say. 
“I guess I got to keep going if I want to be a professional tennis player. And I just got to just keep fighting through it.”


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Serena frustrated with 'inexcusable' US Open final defeat to Andreescu - "I don't think Serena turned up"

Serena Williams was understandably struggling to take in one of her most painful defeats to Bianca Andreescu in the U.S. Open final, branding her level of play as ‘inexcusable’ and declaring she played her ‘worst match of the tournament’ in Saturday’s showpiece.

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