Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old rising star from Canada, defeated Williams 6-3, 7-5 to win the 2019 U.S. Open women’s singles tournament, becoming the first teenager to capture a major since Maria Sharapova won here in 2006.
It was a not-so-close-match which turned thrillingly competitive late. Showing a champion’s heart, Williams rallied from a 1-5 second set deficit to even the set, and lift an enthralled, sold-out Arthur Ashe Stadium to its feet.
But in the end, The Kid halted The Comeback.
The victory is Andreescu’s first major tournament title and easily the biggest triumph of her career. Andreescu, the 15th seed, is the first Canadian player—men’s or women’s—to win a major singles tournament ever.
After starting the season ranked outside of the women’s top 100 players, the Mississauga, Ontario-raised Andreescuhas lately established herselfas perhaps the most promising young player on tour, winning singles titles at Indian Wells and her hometown Canadian Open, where she prevailed when Williams retired with an injury in the final.
Fiery and fearless, Andreescu is fun to watch. She possesses a powerful, all-court game, and on Saturday, she used it to deconstruct an opponent widely considered the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.
“It’s so crazy,” Andreescu said. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time.”
Williams, who turns 38 later this month, remains stuck on 23 major singles trophies, second behind only Margaret Court. Saturday’s loss at the Open is her fourth consecutive defeat in a women’s singles final. Her last tournament victory was at the 2017 Australian Open, which Williams won when she was seven weeks pregnant.
“All of it is super frustrating,” Williams said. “I’m so close, so close, so close and yet so far away.”
Heading into Saturday, there was optimism Williams would finally notch No. 24. She had played impressive tennis over the past two weeks, including dominant wins like her 44-minute demolition of Qiang Wang in the quarterfinals.
But in the final—with onlookers including her friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex—the 8th-seeded Williams struggled early. After jumping to a 40-15 lead, Williams dropped her serve in the first game of the match with a pair of double faults, and Andreescu held to go up 2-0.
Andreescu remained poised throughout. It was the Canadian teen’s first appearance in a major final—but she showed few of the nerves which often come with such a large-stage moment.
Even with the crowd pulling heavily for Williams—and also doing that tennis-tacky thing where they cheered Andreescu’s mistakes—Andreescu didn’t back down. Williams late-second set rally appeared to briefly rattle Andreescu, but she seemed to steady once Williams tied the set at five-all.
“It’s hard to block everything out, but I think I did a pretty good job,” Andreescu said.