Number 24 is going to have to wait. A season of incredible results has delivered another memorable moment this time at Flushing Meadows.
12 months ago Bianca Andreescu was deep outside the 100 in the world and lost in the first round of qualifying at the US Open. Now, in her main draw debut she is the champion.
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It was quite the performance from the Canadian who goes from strength to strength on the tour and her fearless approach is admirable.
It was a US Open final which will go down as one of the most memorable for the twists, turns, brilliant tennis and the nerve of a 19 year old!
All fortnight I have spoken about Serena going after serves but the serve of Bianca has a little bit more about it and she turned the tables.
It was the Canadian who won the toss and elected to receive and that showed a signal of intent. The serve from Serena wasn’t there at 44% of first serves in and only 30% of second serves won with a lot of it down to nerves but Bianca pushed.
The Canadian went for it on the second serve of Serena who looked to serve into her backhand but the 19 year old was quick to run around to the forehand. Likewise when Bianca was serving quite a few second serves of the Canadian’s were smartly at the body to halt and lock Serena.
The nerves were there from the 23 time Grand Slam champion who double faulted three times on break point during the match but did find her fighting spirit.
Down at 3-6 1-5 and match point down Serena rallied.
Bianca’s intensity level dropped and the nerves settled in as she was pegged back to 5-5.
23 minutes later at 6-3 6-5 40-30 with another championship point a forehand sealed it for the teenager.
The incredible year gets better and better, it isn’t done yet but Bianca has fully written herself into tennis history as the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title!