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Bianca Andreescu is new U.S. Open Queen

By Jacob Akindele
09 September 2019   |   4:19 am
Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams 6/3, 7/5 at the U.S Open to become the first Canadian man or woman to win a Grand Slam title.

Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with her trophy at the Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center on September 8, 2019 in New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP<br />Mike Stobe / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams 6/3, 7/5 at the U.S Open to become the first Canadian man or woman to win a Grand Slam title.

Andreescu won the toss and elected to receive while chose the side. Williams opened the match with an ace. She led 40-15 and after deuce, delivered another serve that the chair umpire called a let although Andreescu was already walking to the other side. Two additional let calls denied her game points and she then made two double faults to concede the break.

As the morning shows the day, so it turned out to be. Williams did not recover from the break as Andreescu rolled on to win her serves to lead 4-2.

In the seventh game, Williams hammered an ace to deuce and cancelled four more break threats before holding serve for 4-3.
Did the nine-minute game take a toll on Williams? In the next game, Andreescu survived a break by hitting two aces to hold serve. Serving to save the set, Williams reached 40-30 but could not close while her opponent got the advantage and game for the set, 6/3 after 43 minutes of play.

In the first set, Andreescu made 84 per cent her first serves and won 74 percent of the points after such deliveries.

Andreescu won the opening game of the second set and broke Williams’s serve to take the second game off a double fault at game point. In the third game, Andreescu double-faulted to 30-40 but reached deuce.

Williams made an unsuccessful challenge of the ball but the review showed that the ball clipped her baseline. On the second break chance, a net-cord handed Williams a put-away for the break.

However, she lost the fourth game with another double fault while Andreescu took the fifth game on her serve.

In the sixth game, Williams committed another double fault that resulted in a break for 1-5. Andreescu had the chance to serve for the match but it did not happen at that stage.

Williams won the first point on a powerful return of serve, while Andreescu leveled 15-all with a forehand winner. An exchange of two points each led to 30-all.

Andreescu delivered a service winner to reach match point at 40-30 but Williams cancelled it with a service return winner off a second service. Williams had the first advantage but needed a second one that entailed 12 shots to break for 5-2. It was a turning point that delighted the partisan crowd.

Serving with new balls, Williams hammered two consecutive aces and reached 40-15. Midway through the toss on the next point, the chair umpire called a let to cool down the noise and Williams made a service winner for the eighth game.

With the next chance to serve out the match, Andreescu netted a backhand on the first point and overran a sitter at the net that Williams jumped to avoid on the baseline. With score at 0-30, a net-cord ball was chased down by Williams who made a volley winner to reach break point. Bianca lost the game when her forehand shot barely missed the line.

A rejuvenated Williams opened the next game with an ace down the middle but double faulted to 15-all. She fired another ace but committed a double fault to 30-0. However two hard serves returned out gave Williams the game to the uproar by the crowd. Andreescu delivered a service winner to take off but a second serve nipped the tape and landed out for a double fault.

At 15-all, Williams returned a serve into the net and Andreescu hammered an ace to reach 40-15 and took the game to lead 6-5.
Williams needed to hold serve but she lost the opening point by hitting out a short ball from a net-cord. She leveled with a forehand winner but her opponent took the third point with a service return winner.

Another net-cord ball was hit out by Williams and she faced two match points at 15-40. She cancelled the first with a service winner. On the second, her second serve was put away for the final point of the epic encounter.

At the commencement of the tournament, the 19-year old Andreescu was seeded 15. By her victory over the 37-year old Williams, seeded eighth, she denied Williams her goal of winning the 24th major title.