Serena falls short of capturing her 24th major at the US Open

B.L. Oliver | 9/12/2019, 6:08 p.m.
Serena Williams’ quest for her 24th major singles title and a tie with Margaret Court for the most of all-time ...
Serena Williams and Blanca Andreescu Margot Jordan photo

So close, but yet so far.

Serena Williams’ quest for her 24th major singles title and a tie with Margaret Court for the most of all-time in women’s tennis wasn’t to be at the 2019 U.S Open.

The 37-year-old Williams was defeated by 19-year-old Canadian, Bianca Andreescu, 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Prior to the U.S. Open, Andreescu had never played in a main event. She failed to make it out of the qualifying rounds in the two previous seasons and was ranked ranked 178th in the world at the end of the 2018.

Andreescu became the first Canadian singles player to win a Grand Slam event, landing her into the top 10 in the WTA ranking. She is the first teenager to win the U.S. Open since Maria Sharopova in 2006, who was also 19 at the time of her first and only U.S. Open win.

The U.S. Open was the second time Andreescu and Williams met on the tennis court. Their first meeting was the Roger’s Cup in Canada last month when Williams could not finish the match due to back spasms and Andreescu was credited with the win.

Andreescu’s style of play resembles a younger Serena Williams. She plays with power and confidence, and applied both to deny Williams a history-making day. It was Williams’ fourth straight loss in a major’s singles final.

“I think there are some similarities,” Andreescu said of her and Williams’ approach on the court after the victory.

“We like to keep the points short with our aggressive game style. We like to use our serve to our advantage. I think we fight really, really hard.”

“It’s crazy man,” she continued. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time. I’ve really strived to be like her—who knows, maybe I can be better.”

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, including six at the U.S. Open. Her first U.S. Open win was in 1999 at the age of 17, before Andreescu was born.

In an on-court interview, Serena said she didn’t know anyone more deserving of the championship than Andreescu. Smiling, she added other than her older sister Venus.

“I love Bianca,” she shared with the crowd of over 20,000. “I think she is a great girl. But I think this was the worst match I’ve played all tournament.”

After losing the first set, Williams was down 5-2 in the second. She rallied back to tie the set at 5-5 as the fans became loudly energized by her comeback. But Andreescu displayed resolve and determination in turning back Williams.