US Open: Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

"She does get tight but those four women have played the matches of their lives", tennis legend Chris Evert said in commentary for ESPN.

At a media conference after her match, Andreescu made clear that the warm feelings were mutual. "She's an inspiration to many, many people", Andreescu said after beating the 23-time Grand Slam victor. "I worked really hard for this moment".

September 7, 2019 will be a day that Bianca Andreescu and the Canadian sports history books will never forget. Williams hit an ace to save the first but Andreescu secured victory on the next with a crisp forehand return. She has lost the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon and US Open finals with a chance to match the mark in each case.

Bianca Andreescu spoke about what her mentality was heading into the US Open final against Serena Williams. "I had some doubts because I've witnessed her come back from being 5-0 down, 5-1 down, 5-2 down".

"She said afterwards she doesn't know what happens and the real Serena doesn't show up in the finals and that's what she's got to find the answer to".

Serena Williams
Serena Williams struggled against Bianca Andreescu during the women’s singles final of the US Open

After saving championship point in the second set, however, everything changed. Andreescu produced the kind of power Williams is more accustomed to dishing out than dealing with from the other side of the net. When asked what she had to overcome to get over the finish line in the post-match, on-court interview, Andreescu responded: "The crowd".

"I couldn't hear myself think at that point", said Andreescu.

"I guess these visualizations really, really work".

"It was really, really loud".

She attacked from the beginning Saturday, breaking Williams twice in the first set - in the first game and on a double fault to end the set - while facing just one break point. She was ranked 152nd in the world at the time.

Williams gave birth in September 2017 and since returning to the tour past year, she has managed to play in two finals apiece at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. But, she was undeniably frustrated when assessing her game after the loss.

Williams: "I don't understand that question".

I think she's a great girl. But I think this was the worst match I've played all tournament. It's just taking it.

Andreescu apologised to the home crowd for beating the home favourite, saying: "I know you guys wanted Serena to win. At the same time, it's inexcusable for me to play at that level".

"She turns 38 later this month", Barker added. I'm not necessarily chasing a record. Yao-Gallop said she believes that if Andreescu stays healthy, she can win multiple grand slams. But if you believe that there are good times ahead, then those tough moments are definitely worth it.

"I felt like I could've done so many things a little bit better. I'm still doing what I can do".

The last time Rafael Nadal was within one Grand Slam title of Roger Federer's total, there was no Federer-Nadal rivarly.

She has not won a title of any sort since the Australian Open in January 2017.

Andreescu is the first Canadian woman to reach the U.S. Open final and only the second to ever reach a major final.

The questions were a clear look at last year's US Open when Williams erupted at chair umpire Carlos Ramos and stole the limelight from Naomi Osaka's victory.

"Yeah, it was incredible tennis". But the Canadian came back strong and took her game to that level of winning a major which many dream of. She's a champion. That's what champions do.

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