Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to deny the American in her latest chance to draw level with Margaret Court’s record of 24 majors.
The 19-year-old victor was competing in the US Open main draw for the first time, having played in only three previous slams. Williams lost her fourth grand-slam final in a row.
The first set was a story of double faults for Williams. After Andreescu fought back from 15-40 down to deuce in the first game, Williams served four faults in a row to surrender an immediate break.
Andreescu’s preternatural poise in the world’s biggest tennis venue denied Williams her seventh Open title – one that would’ve tied her with Margaret Court at the top of the all-time major winner list at 24.
The stunning upset makes Andreescu not merely the first Canadian to win a major tennis title, but the sport’s brightest supernova. Andreescu, after all, finished last year ranked No. 178 and didn’t even get through Open qualifying in 2018.
It was the fourth consecutive finals defeat for the 37-year-old Williams, who was the oldest finalist in the Open era, and has yet to hoist a major trophy since giving birth to her daughter two years ago.
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