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US Open Tennis 2019 Women's Final: Winner, Score and Twitter Reaction

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2019

Bianca Andreescu of Canada plays against Serena Williams of the US during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams again suffered disappointment in the U.S. Open final on Saturday after Bianca Andreescu beat the American 6-3, 7-5 to win her maiden major in New York.

Andreescu, 19, had never so much as featured in the third round of a major prior to this competition, but she toppled the six-time U.S. Open winner in straight sets to open her Grand Slam account in slick style.

Williams was at the centre of controversy in last year's U.S. Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka and earned fines for her outbursts, but the loss to Andreescu passed with nowhere near the same level of protest.

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times and writer Chris Goldsmith underlined what's been a relentless few months for breakthrough star Andreescu:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg

Continuing a stunning and meteoric rise, 19-y.o. Canadian Bianca Andreescu is the 2019 #USOpen champion, hanging on even as things went awry to outlast an adrift Serena Williams. 6-3, 7-5. Andreescu has not lost since March, and is 8-0 against the Top 10. Utterly unreal.

Chris Goldsmith @TheTennisTalker

Like I said. Bianca Andreescu hasn't lost since March. Wasn't about to let Serena Williams change that

The 37-year-old—almost twice her opponent's age—dominated the likes of Elina Svitolina and Qiang Wang in the run-up to Saturday's final but looked way off the pace for most of the Flushing Meadows final.

Williams gathered herself from 5-1 down in the second set and fought back to parity, but Andreescu rediscovered her sway to nudge easily her greatest career win so far across the line.

By beating Williams, Andreescu became the first Canadian—woman or man—to lift the U.S. Open trophy, per TSN:

TSN @TSN_Sports

She's done it! 🇨🇦 Bianca Andreescu defeats 🇺🇸 Serena Williams in straight sets to win the #USOpen, becoming the first Canadian to win a major singles event! Is this real life? You better believe it. #SheTheNorth https://t.co/iB71RC9lEE

Williams already set an Open Era record by reaching her 10th U.S. Open final in 2019, but the pressure of tying level with Margaret Court on 24 Grand Slam titles appeared to take its toll at times.

Andreescu has rarely encountered this level of opposition in her career but rose to the adversity magnificently, per TSN's Mark Masters:

Mark Masters @markhmasters

Andreescu faces her 1st break point & responds with ... Ace Service Big serve, big forehand Holds for 5-3 Bianca looks more than ready for this moment

The crowd appeared almost hesitant to believe what they were witnessing at Arthur Ashe Stadium when Andreescu won the first set in quite such confident fashion.

Plenty in attendance were surely happy to see the younger star thrive under the spotlight, though there's no question it was Serena whose victorious points were drawing far greater applause.

In contrast, one could almost hear a pin drop in New York on most of Andreescu's major points, though that didn't deter the youngster, said reporter Arash Madani:

Arash Madani @ArashMadani

Andreescu didn't blink once. Wins the first set, 6-3. Comprehensive. Thorough. Dominant.

Andreescu had clearly done her homework and countered some of Williams' habits well, such as capitalising upon her tendency not to cover the line when she approaches the net.

The second set started off as one-sided as any other portion of the match, and George Bellshaw of Metro commented how Williams appeared not to be learning her lessons following a second double-fault of the match:

George Bellshaw @BellshawGeorge

Another double fault from Serena Williams on break point and Bianca Andreescu leads by a set-and-a-break. 6-3 2-0 to the 19-year-old Slam final debutant.

There was a moment at 6-3, 4-1 when Williams appeared to stop altogether in the midst of a rally having been disappointed with one of her returns, evidence her motivation had been all but drained.

Tennis writer Carole Bouchard illustrated the extent of her capitulation on the big stage:

Carole Bouchard @carole_bouchard

Vintage Serena was never as strong as back on wall. But here she totally collapses. 6-3, 5-1 Andreescu

The consensus was that Andreescu looked to be moving at a different pace to her opponent on the day:

Eleanor Crooks @EleanorcrooksPA

Serena may have made four recent grand slam finals but her footwork hasn’t joined her in any of them. This second set is a horror show. Andreescu stunning, though.

Deji Faremi @deejayfaremi

Serena is playing like someone who wants to win their first GS.

Williams looked dejected, disinterested and demotivated for a large patch of the second set, but she engineered a comeback at 5-1 down that reminded her fans of the talent she packs.

She tore back onto the hard court and broke Andreescu three times in four service games to pull level, a feat that seemed to only heighten appreciation of the future Hall of Famer:

Tumaini Carayol @tumcarayol

Serena Williams recovers from 1-5 to 5-5. Both players are so nervous right now. Serena just had to roll in a 72mph first serve half way up the box after 2 DFs, Andreescu, an amazing returner, misses an easy backhand.

Zerlina Maxwell @ZerlinaMaxwell

No matter what happens. Serena showing us why we love her so much!

Devin Heroux @Devin_Heroux

C'MON! There's a yell from Andreescu. She's two points away from stopping this magical Serena run. #USOpen

Williams has finished as runner-up at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon for the second year in succession, and again people will be talking about her final in New York for all the wrong reasons.

Andreescu marks the beginning of her Grand Slam career with a historic victory, meanwhile, cementing a win that promises to act as a springboard for the Canadian prospect.

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