Serena Williams’s quest for a 24th Grand Slam title suffered a setback on Saturday as 19-year-old Canadian, Bianca Andreescu, won her first major in the US Open final.
Andreescu became Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion with a 6-3 , 7-5 win over the 6-time US Open champion.
Today’s loss was Williams’ fourth consecutive defeat in the final of a major.
“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.
“Last year wasn’t an easy period in my life. I was going through a lot with injuries, but I persevered. I had an amazing pre-season with my team – I thank you guys so much for sticking by me every step of the way. I have to dedicate this win to you. I kept believing, kept working hard, and just kept that momentum.
“I can’t thank my parents enough for everything they’ve done for me. It’s been a really long journey. It hasn’t been easy, so I have to say thank you and let’s keep going,” she added.
“Bianca played an amazing match, congratulations. So proud and happy for you. It was incredible tennis, I wish I could have played better. If anyone could have won it, outside of Venus, I’m happy it was Bianca,” Williams said.
“I just feel really honoured and so proud to be out here and competing at this level. It’s not easy. Thank you to my God, Jehovah.
“The team has been so good to me with all the ups and downs, and downs, and downs and downs and downs, and hopefully we’ll have some ups again soon.”
Andreescu is the first teenager to win their maiden Grand Slam since Russian, Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.