New York: Bianca Andreescu displayed the same brand of big-serving, big-hitting, in-your-face tennis that Serena Williams usually does.
And now the 19-year-old from Canada is a Grand Slam champion, earning her first such title while preventing Williams from collecting a record-tying 24th.
Andreescu took charge early in the U.S. Open final, going up by a set and two breaks, then held off a late charge by Williams to win 6-3, 7-5 for the championship Saturday night. The 19-year-old Andreescu is the first woman to win the trophy at Flushing Meadows in her main-draw tournament debut in the Open era.
She is also the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, ever.
This is the second year in a row that Williams has lost in the final at Flushing Meadows. This one had none of the controversies of 2018 when she got into an extended argument with the chair umpire while being beaten by Naomi Osaka.
As Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, a slew of reactions and congratulatory messages poured in from Twitter.
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) September 7, 2019
Last year I saw Bianca so upset after losing first round qualifying in @usopen . This year she is the champion. Amazing what a year can do. One of the most resilient (and nicest) people I know @Bandreescu_ congrats girl ❤️ — Katie Swan (@Katieswan99) September 7, 2019
— Magnus Norman (@normansweden) September 7, 2019
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 7, 2019
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) September 7, 2019
For all of you wondering what those words were after our 2nd round.. "Congrats girl. You can win this tournament here. Believe in it ok?" Very happy for @Bandreescu_ on winning her 1st (and trust me, not last) grand slam 🏆 https://t.co/N3O5SoI0GI — Kirsten Flipkens (@FlipperKF) September 7, 2019
With inputs from The Associated Press
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Updated Date: Sep 08, 2019 08:15:03 IST