Bianca Andreescu had won just two Grand Slam main draw matches heading into the US Open Photo: AFP
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Canadian teen Andreescu beats Serena Williams to win U.S. Open

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By Martyn WOOD

Teenager Bianca Andreescu became Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion Saturday with a rollercoaster 6-3, 7-5 win over 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final.

The 19-year-old Andreescu became the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S .Open, handing Williams a fourth consecutive defeat in the final of a major to again deny her a record-equaling 24th Slam title.

Williams, 37, suffered a second finals loss in a row at Flushing Meadows, after a 2018 defeat against Naomi Osaka.

Appearing in a 33rd Grand Slam final, and fourth since the last of her 23 major titles, Williams made an inauspicious start at Arthur Ashe Stadium by conceding her opening service game with successive double faults.

Andreescu, who wasn't even born when Williams won her maiden Slam at the 1999 U.S. Open, responded with a comfortable hold, a pattern that repeated itself until the Canadian threatened to run away with the opening set.

Serving at 2-4, Williams erased five break points with a combination of aces and booming ground strokes but Andreescu was knocking on the door once more as the American served to stay in the set.

A forehand winner earned the youngster a set point, and Williams duly her gifted her the opener with another double fault.

Andreescu had failed to even reach the main draw the past two years, twice falling in the first qualifying round, and her confidence continued to flow as she surged 2-0 ahead in the second -- Williams again doubled-faulting on break point.

The American carved out four opportunities to hit back the following game, benefiting from a huge stroke of luck when a forehand brushed the tape and trickled over to haul herself back on serve.

Undeterred Andreescu promptly regained the initiative with another break and looked to be marching towards the title when she followed a routine hold by again breaking the Williams serve for a 5-1 lead.

Andreescu brought up championship point in the ensuing game, but Williams smacked a forehand winner to stay alive and then rattled off 14 of 17 points to peg her opponent back at 5-all.

The Canadian stemmed the bleeding by holding for 6-5 and an errant Williams backhand handed Andreescu two more shots at the title. Williams saved the first with an ace but Andreescu secured victory on the next with a blistering forehand return.

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Way to go, Bianca!!

Outstanding Championship win by Bianca Andreescu. She had to outplay the greatest female tennis player to get there. It wasn’t easy and she definitely earned it. Bravo!

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Must be a dream for the young Canuck. Sorry to Serena, though.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

"She the north"! Congratulations Bianca! Wishing you continued success in the future. I hope this is just the beginning of a long and illustrious career.

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I was wondering about her origins, given her name: she is born in Canada from Romanian parents. She moved to Romania and started tennis there at 7. She practiced until she was 11 there, then her family returned to Canada. Her total wins are about 7M USD.

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Apparently this girl did the same thing as Osaka - and apologized for beating Serena: https://www.sportingnews.com/ca/tennis/news/us-open-champ-bianca-andreescu-does-the-most-canadian-thing-apologizes-for-beating-serena-williams/1oqrsohad7x0f1nt08w722nh59

The humility is refreshing. But I get it - this girl wasn't even born when Serena began winning, so she probably grew up her entire tennis life watching her. It must feel crazy to suddenly beat her, and at 19 years old.

And respect to Serena - she may not be winning, but she's in the finals. After all these years. Very impressive.

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the Romanians I know also celebrated, and I see nothing wrong in that. She speaks the language, lived there and started tennis there, and a Romanian, Halep, encouraged her to become a pro. Congrats Bianca!

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Serena doesn't need the win. She is still the highest-paid female tennis player and has earned $88.6M over her career.

Congratulations to Bianca Andreescu. Most sports are about the best player at any specific time. It was her time.

Wikipedia says she has a Romanian name from 2 Romanian-born parents. She was born in Ontario.

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I’m glad she lost - her tantrums & dummy-spitting in recent years have left a bad taste in my mouth.

Also, why are these ladies apologizing to her for beating her !?

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@tooheysnew

Couldn't agree more.

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Also, why are these ladies apologizing to her for beating her !?

Because to these young ones, Serena is one of their idols growing up

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

She play better than Naomi Osaka and mature than Naomi-chan.

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think the apology for beating Williams is because she's American playing in front of a US crowd. Perfectly understandable, but unnecessary. too polite

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