The day 13 preview serves up US Open tips for a women’s final of contrast as six-time champ Serena Williams faces Flushing Meadows debutant Bianca Andreescu.
06:00 (AEST), Sun 7th Sep @ Flushing Meadows, New York
History: Played 1: Andreescu 1 V Williams 0
Last meeting: Rogers Cup, 2019 (F): Andreescu d Williams 3-1 (ret)
Final Thoughts: The 37-year-old Serena Williams is hunting her long-awaited, record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title in the 2019 US Open final. Her opponent, the 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, had not been past the second round of a major before this past fortnight.
Since dropping the first set of her campaign against Caty McNally, Williams has been unstoppable. The eighth seed won her four subsequent matches in straight sets. She ruthlessly disposed of Wang Qiang in the quarter-final (6-1 6-0) and Elina Svitolina in the semis (6-3 6-1).
After winning the 2017 Australian Open and taking a maternity break, grand slam success has proven agonisingly elusive for the G.O.A.T. She has lost the last two Wimbledon finals, as well as an infamous defeat to Naomi Osaka at the 2018 US Open.
Williams’ record in grand slam finals is 23-9 – and 6-3 at the US Open. She last triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2014.
New breed rising
Canadian wunderkind Andreescu has stormed to the final on US Open debut. But the 15th seed always loomed as a potential dark horse after winning Indian Wells and the Rogers Cup this year.
She has beaten quality players Kirsten Flipkens, Caroline Wozniacki, Taylor Townsend, Elise Mertens and Belinda Bencic New York. Her hard-fought 7-6 7-5 semi win over 13th seed Bencic was an ideal preparation for a massive final.
Andreescu has an extraordinary 7-0 record against top-10 ranked players – all in 2019.
Her maiden showdown with Williams was cut short midway through the first set, with Williams forced to retire from the Rogers Cup final.
Williams’ form has been scintillating, winding back the clock to overpower her opponents with ease. But all the pressure is on her once again. Andreescu’s aggression, confidence and incredible streak against superstar players is impossible to ignore.
The future of women’s tennis is here – and its name is Bianca Andreescu.