Canadian teenager Andreescu defeats S.Williams to win US Open title

Ruben Hill
September 12, 2019

Andreescu has spoken about her pregame meditation ritual. The teenager was elated with joy and was in sheer disbelief much similar to her senior counterpart who did not expect such a shocker.

Serena Williams remains one title short of Margaret Court's majors record. The scoreboard read 6-3, 7-5, which honestly portrayed her performance against the world number one.

For a country that produces numerous world's best ice hockey players with regularity, having a Grand Slam singles champion to call their own is new territory.

"Since then, honestly I've been visualising it nearly every single day". I really think that working your mind (is important) because at this level everyone knows how to play tennis.

"The thing that separates the best from the rest is just the mindset".

"Like I said many times, if I can do it, if Serena can do it, if Roger can do it, if Steve Nash can do it, then anyone can do it".

The Duchess of Sussex was in Williams's box to cheer her close friend towards what was widely expected to be a record-equalling 24th grand slam title.

"It's so insane, man", she said, pausing to wipe tears from her eyes.

Williams, who turns 38 later this month, downplayed the pursuit of Court's record.

The Canadian young woman is the first person from her country to win a singles Grand Slam title and the first teenager to win a major singles title since Maria Sharapova in 2006. The victor for the men's and women's singles fields each pocket $3.85 million, which is a nice bit of money to take a vacation with, get a new vehicle, home, and pretty much do a lot of other things with.

"I've never held that much money in my life", she said with a wide smile. But I think this was the worst match I've played all tournament.

The match came 20 years on from Williams' first US Open victory and, asked about her incredible longevity after another painful defeat, she was hopeful there is still time in her career to return to winning ways in slam finals.

She's also 8-0 against top 10 opponents, with all eight of those wins coming in 2019.

The stunning fact has not been lost on fans, with many predicting that her chance has effectively come and gone - with age and a talented generation of young stars making the task that much more hard.

"Let's face it, she's got another four (Grand Slams) next year and the Olympics, I'm sure she'll want to do that, she loves playing at the Olympics". "I would smash rackets".

"But I found that that way wasn't working to my advantage at all". So I started seeing - I'll say I started seeking some advice from other people.

"I was blocking out the noise, or trying to". If she's still motivated and wanting to do it, I think she will carry on. Sometimes those emotions get her in trouble - like during her fourth-round match against American Taylor Townsend, when she drew a code violation for throwing her racket.

Williams, however, showed all her experience and fought back to level the set at 5-5. "And I just got to just keep fighting through it".

But Andreescu, 19, would prevail in the end.

And Williams has provided the inspiration to get there. "It's very hard right now in the moment to, like, take this and say, 'It didn't work out for you today.' It's really hard right now to take that moment in and to say, 'You did OK, ' because I don't believe I did", the 23 time Grand Slam victor said. She's a champion. That's what champions do. "But I guess now they can".

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