Williams falls short of grand slam record


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. "It's not always going to be butterflies and rainbows, so I just tried to embrace it as much as I could".

"She said afterwards she doesn't know what happens and the real Serena doesn't show up in the finals and that's what she's got to find the answer to".

"Let's face it, she's got another four (Grand Slams) next year and the Olympics, I'm sure she'll want to do that, she loves playing at the Olympics. I tried to just do that throughout the whole match, to just keep my nerves in place", Andreescu said. I think we fight really, really hard.

Although Williams has continued to play tennis at a high level, she has not earned a Grand Slam title since 2017, when she won the Australian Open while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia.

"If I just keep calm, stay as positive as I can, I think the crowd can't beat me", she added. It was a great match. I honestly didn't play my best today. Bianca showed better game.

"I really was questioning whether she would".

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In the entire match, Williams made 33, while Bianca made just 17 mistakes.

The match represented another hard loss for the 37-year-old Williams since her return to tennis last year after the birth of her daughter in 2017. I could have played better.

Andreescu maintained after that match that the racket toss was unintentional, and said she thought she did well keeping her cool with the rowdy NY fans actively cheering against her. And despite setbacks from a shoulder injury, the Romanian Canadian's play helped her rise to 15th in the Women's Tennis Association rankings entering her match against Williams.

There were many players who had raised the bar by upsetting them but majority had shortlived spells of success or became pretty much inconsistent. "I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I'm so sorry". She closed a 1-5 down gap after a stunning rally that drew deafening roars from the crowd, prompting Andreescu to cover her ears. "I believe I could have just been more Serena today", Williams said.

"Also, I mean, it's part of life going through situations like that", Andreescu said. But I guess that's what makes this tournament so special. but it definitely wasn't easy, especially when she started coming back in the second set. "I'm not really happy but I have to take it one moment at a time".

She has now lost more grand slam finals over the last three years than she did over a 17-year period prior to 2016. Without them, I don't think I could have made it through those periods like I did.