Who is Bianca Andreescu?

Ruben Hill
September 10, 2019

Bianca obviously played well. Looked up to her.

But she is intent on being her own player and person. Saturday's final was the biggest age gap (18 years) in a women's Grand Slam singles final in the Open era, which began in 1968.

On Saturday, the 19-year-old was on court herself against Williams, beating the American icon 6-3, 7-5 - surviving a huge comeback to claim the trophy on her debut main draw appearance in NY. I'm sure it's really nice for the Americans to come on that court.

Her rise to the top of the women's game has caught even the most experienced viewers off guard. Serena is the G.O.A.T. for a reason-she'll be back dominating the court soon enough. She's a champion. That's what champions do.

"I've been dreaming of this moment for the longest time", she explained in a press conference.

"I couldn't hear myself think at that point", said Andreescu. "Who knows? Maybe I can be even better".

That's quite a heady goal. It also marked a breakthrough moment for Andreescu, who had never advanced past the third round in any Grand Slam event before and had failed to qualify for the main draw in either of her previous two U.S. Opens. A first-time Grand Slam champion. With her game - and her guts - Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion could have many more opportunities to win major titles.

This is the second year in a row that Williams has lost in the final at Flushing Meadows.

Winning a final on the WTA Tour between now and then might do Williams a power of good, but will she want to compete in Asia in the final stretch of the year? I'm not necessarily chasing a record. "And I've just got to just keep fighting through it". It's hard to know that you could do better.

"I honestly don't think Serena showed up". That's the only solace that I can take right now.

Williams described coughing up eight double-faults against Andreescu, including one on set point in the first set, and others on break points, as "inexcusable".

On Saturday night, Williams, as fierce a competitor as tennis has seen, could only focus on the fact that she lost each of those title matches.

And her thoughts when she reclaimed the lead at 6-5 after Williams roared from 5-1 down to 5-5 in the second were very similar. Williams saved the first with an ace but Andreescu secured victory on the next with a blistering forehand return.

The Canadian teenager upset Williams in her maiden Grand Slam final appearance to win her first major with an impressive 6-3 7-5 straight-sets victory at Flushing Meadows.

But Andreescu was there to stymie the American once again.

I just told myself to stick with my tactics.

"It's just impressive, I guess, " the 23-time Grand Slam victor explained. You can feel that Serena is finding a little bit of rhythm. The frustration at finishing the tournament another runner-up trophy is still too fresh for her.

"I love Bianca, I think she's a great girl, but I think this is the worst match I've played all tournament".

Andreescu played "mostly fearless for a big part of the match". But I guess that's what makes this tournament so special. but it definitely wasn't easy, especially when she started coming back in the second set. Andreescu took home that title.

As one of the most sought-after endorsers in all of professional sports, Williams also has deals with several major corporate brands, including Nike. One shot went right at Williams, who leaped to avoid the ball at the baseline.

Williams fought off the first championship point she faced and broke to stay alive at 5-2. "You continue to inspire all of us", Stephens said. Then she won the title in Indian Wells in March, before the shoulder injuries that forced her to miss most of the spring and summer seasons.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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