Bianca Andreescu reacts during the match (Image: Twitter @USOpen)
Bianca Andreescu stunned Serena Williams on Saturday to win the US Open and claim her first Grand Slam title. Serena lost her second straight US Open final and will have to wait for record-seetting 24th major. It was the Canadian's first time in the main draw at Flushing Meadows. Serena, winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, is one short of Margaret Court’s 24 for a share of the all-time lead. Williams’ last Grand Slam title came at the 2017 Australian Open.
The 19-year-old Bianca emerged the superior player in terms of quality and grit against the 37-year-old Serena to win gripping battle 6-3 7-5.
Bianca broke Serena in the first game of the match. She kept the lead and went on to take the set 6-3. She then broke Serena twice in a row to take a commanding 5-1 game lead in the second set. However, Serena fought back make it 5-5. With momentum with Serena, it seemed Bianca's fairytale was about to end, however, the Canadian pulled it back together.
Bianca is The first Canadian to win a Grand Slam and first player born in the 2000s to have such a title. Bianca was ranked outside of the top 100 at the start of this year. Her win at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells helped her rise to No. 15 in the world.
"This year has been a dream come true," Andreescu told the crowd after the match. "I am beyond grateful and truly blessed. I've worked really hard for this moment. To play on this stage against Serena - a true legend of the sport - is amazing."