Andreescu wins Open, delays Serena’s record chase
by Bryan Fonseca
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BIANCA ANDREESCU (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
BIANCA ANDREESCU (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
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About an hour after being presented with the US Open Championship trophy following a straight set sweep of Serena Williams – arguably the greatest tennis player of all time – the moment began to settle inside of 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu ventured over to US Open’s famous “Interview Room One” to recount the historic evening, mere moments after Williams accepted her defeat while in pursuit of her own history – a recording tying 24th Grand Slam Singles Championship.

Seated while addressing the media, Andreescu offered her personal significance of the title victory, as she continued to process of the magnitude of taking out Williams 6-3, 7-5, on Arthur Ashe Stadium late Saturday afternoon.

“This wasn't the only time I've visualized playing in the finals against Serena Williams,” Andreescu said. “It's so crazy, man. I’ve been…”

Andreescu covered her eyes with her left hand, marveling at her accomplishment as it seeped in. She looked downward and temporarily covered her face with both hands before apologizing while fighting back tears.

“I've been waiting for this moment for the longest time,” she said, still attempting to maintain her cool. “I said after I won the Orange Bowl a couple of months after, I really believed I could be at this stage. And since then I’ve been visualizing it almost every single day. For it to become a reality is just so crazy.

Andreescu, who has been 19 years old for less than three months, became Canada’s first-ever Grand Slam Singles Champion against one of her idols, similar to Japanese-Haitian star Naomi Osaka’s triumph over Williams in last year’s Open at age 20.

At one point in the match, Williams, on the brink of a total wipeout defeat, did slim a 5-1 second set deficit to tie it up before Andreescu earned the match’s final two points.

“I just told myself to put the damn ball inside the court,” Andreescu said of her thought process during Williams’ run. “The game plan was to make her play and to make her play every ball.”

For Williams, who has now lost four straight Grand Slam Singles Championships while in pursuit of the record, offered her utmost respects to Andreescu, but insisted she could’ve played much better on Saturday.

“It’s definitely disappointing,” she said. “I felt like I could've done so many things a little bit better, but she played really well.

“I believe I could have just been more ‘Serena’ today,” Williams added. “I honestly don't think Serena showed up. I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.”

Williams later added that she is not attempting to catch a record, but that she is simply trying to win Grand Slams, which she hasn’t done since the 2017 Australian Open.

“I could've played better,” she said flatly. “That's the only solace I could take from today.

“I love Bianca, I think she's a great girl, but I think this is the worst match-up I've played all tournament,” she later added.

The 15-seeded Andreescu now rises as one of tennis’ elites to round out the summer, and although she is still a teenager, she says that her composure was a driving force into propelling her to these newfound heights.

“I don't think I was ever as composed as I am now,” she said of her game. “I used to get very down on myself and have negative thoughts run through my mind. I used to smash rackets and yell at myself, but that way wasn't working to my advantage at all.”
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