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Serena's shocked in thriller.

Byline: | Gary Ralston

Serena Williams' wait for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on after she lost to new kid on the block Bianca Andreescu in a New York thriller.

The American was chasing her first Major crown since giving birth to daughter Alexis in September 2017 and the one that would have matched Margaret Court's tally.

But on an epic evening at Flushing Meadows the legend of the women's game saved two championship points only to then lose 6-3 7-5 to the Canadian teenager.

Andreescu, playing her first US Open at age 19, weathered a Williams surge - on top of an excitable crowd - to clinch a first Grand Slam title at the first time of asking.

Williams went from 1-5 - and a match point down - in the second set to get back on serve at 4-5 in what raised hopes of one of tennis' most mesmerising comebacks.

With the showpiece set for a second-set tiebreak, the 37-year-old sent a backhand wide to gift Andreescu two more championship points.

Williams' ace saved the first but on second serve the new star of the sport fired a big forehand winner then laid flat out on the court as she basked in what had just unfolded.

Andreescu is undefeated in her eight matches against top-10 players in 2019 and is now the first Canadian in the Open era to win a Grand Slam singles title.

In the perfect symbolism of the fact she has climbed to new heights, the teenager then scaled a ladder provided by stewards to reach her loved ones in the players' box.

Flushing Meadows was just her fourth Major appearance and with this win, she tied Monica Seles for the fastest path from Slam debutante to champion.

Andreescu also became the youngest to win the New York title since Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova did so in 2004.



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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 8, 2019
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