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US Open: Canada toasts 'Queen B' Andreescu after major triumph

US Open: Canada toasts 'Queen B' Andreescu after major triumph

World number 15 Bianca had beaten number 12 Swiss player Belinda Bencic 7-6, (7-3), 7-5 in the semi-finals.

As her recent Slam finals losses go, she rated the effort superior to that against Simona Halep in dropping last July's Wimbledon final -"I definitely did better than I did against Halep" - and discounted last year's Wimbledon loss to Angelique Kerber, saying, "Kerber doesn't count because I was exhausted".

That gave her a huge win over the 37-year-old superstar who was looking to capture her record-tying 24th major win.

"Being able to play on this stage against Serena, a true legend in this sport, is incredible", said Andreescu, after winning her first major final appearance. "It's definitely frustrating, but for the most part I just am still here".

"I tried to just do that throughout the whole match, to just keep my nerves in place".

"I just feel really honored to be out here".

The fearless Andreescu's power game was too much for Williams who lost 6-3, 7-5.

Andreescu appeared fearless in the face of her more experienced rival.

The stunning fact has not been lost on fans, with many predicting that her chance has effectively come and gone - with age and a talented generation of young stars making the task that much more hard. "At the same time it's inexcusable for me to play at that level". She started serving so well, balls going all over the build the build.

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"I've been visualising ever since I was 12 or 13 when my awesome mother introduced me to it", she said.

"I was blocking out the noise, or trying to". "But yeah, like I said, I guess those visualizations are really working for me".

"It was really, really loud". I could have played better.

"I mean, it was expected". "She's truly a champion". She holds an 8-0 record over top-10 players in her career. "It's hard to just block everything out, but I think I did a pretty good job at that".

The 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title at the US Open as she shocked 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams of the United States in the women's singles final in straight sets on Saturday.

Williams meanwhile was in a reflective mood afterwards and felt she didn't properly show up when she needed to. I believe I could have done more. "I believe I could have just been more Serena today", said Williams, who turns 38 this month and was the oldest major finalist in the Open era. I honestly don't think Serena showed up.

She has now lost more grand slam finals over the last three years than she did over a 17-year period prior to 2016.

"Honestly, the fans started cheering so hard, it just made me play a little better and find a little bit more".

"I just wanted to make sure so I didn't look like an idiot", Andreescu said.


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