US Open: Canada toasts 'Queen B' Andreescu after major triumph

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Williams was denied a record-equalling 24th Slam title as the 19-year-old Andreescu on Saturday became the youngest Grand Slam victor since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open, when the Russian was 18.

Andreescu returned a weak serve from Williams with a reliable forehand to seal the game.

It was the first-ever appearance for 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu at the US Open tennis tournament.

Williams had lost acrimoniously at the same stage here a year ago to Naomi Osaka, as well as in the last two Wimbledon finals, to leave her still tantalisingly one title short of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors. "Oh, man, it wasn't easy at all".

In the process, Andreescu stalled Williams' bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, withstanding a rousing second-set recovery from the American to become the seventh first-time Major champion in the past 11 events. She will also get a Dollars 3.85 million check. She was ranked 208 last summer.

Andreescu appeared fearless in the face of her more experienced rival. Her risky coin-toss choice to receive against a master server ended up in her favor.

Williams's first serve deserted her, with just a wretched 44 per cent of them hitting the spot.

Coach Mouratoglou has come to Williams' defence and is adamant there should be no doubting her desire. She closed a 1-5 down gap after a stunning rally that drew deafening roars from the crowd, prompting Andreescu to cover her ears.

Andreescu, the daughter of Romanian immigrants to Canada, won her hometown tournament in Toronto and has not lost a completed match since March. I really think that working your mind (is important) because at this level everyone knows how to play tennis.

"I feel like, in 20 years, I definitely will be like, "Wow, that wasn't so bad", the 37-year-old Williams said, her words halting, her voice scratchy. Since her return, she has tried unsuccessfully four times to match the record for most Grand Slam wins. So I think in those moments, you just have to deal with it the best that you can, which is to just keep fighting for your dreams and just stay as persistent and persevere as much as you can. I'm so close, so close, so close, yet so far away. "Hopefully, we'll have some ups soon".

US Open 2019 Final: 19-Year-Old Bianca Andreescu Defeats Serena Williams in Straight Sets 6-4, 7-5. Andreescu took home that title. Serena lost the final in NY to Bianca Andreescu.

Both attribute their success to a strong mental game as much as a physical one. By meditating and visualizing how she could beat her next opponent. The Canadian, speaking in a press conference, said: " Andreescu spoke of her idols: "Bassett, for sure, was very inspirational.



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