Serena misses historic Grand Slam Title after U.S. Open Final defeat to Canadian Teen

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

37-year-old Serena Williams will have to wait for another year before she could win her 24th grand slam title. The legendary tennis player surprisingly missed the chance to add another honor to her impressive medal collections with straight sets defeat to Andreescu Bianca, a teenager from Canada.

Andreescu produced miraculous display of skill to beat Serena 6-3, 7-5, taking home $3.85 million, a staggering amount for a 19-year-old teenager. Bianca took control of the match, blocking Williams forehand and backhand shots throughout the match despite massive crown support for her opponent Serena who was playing on home soil cheered from the stands by her mother,  Pracene Price, sister Venus WillIams and her close pal Meghen, the Duchess of Sussex. However, Andreescu Bianca was not intimated by this moment, keeping her focus and composure from start to the end - all credit to the teen phenom for such an incredible moment.

She became the first Canadian in history to win a grand slam title, (male or female). She is also the first teenager to win the title in her debut appearance in the United States Open professional era since Maria Sharapova did similar thing 13 years ago. But what makes hers even more special is that she did it against legendary Serena WillIams who won her first major U.S. Open title in 1999, a year before Bianca was born. Serena went on to win 23 grand slam singles titles, one less than Margaret Court’s record of 24 major grand slam titles.

“I was playing better but definitely not enough to turn things completely around. I honestly think this was the worst match I’ve played all tournament. It is hard to know that you could do better but things don’t work as expected. I don’t know what to say,” says Serena in response to questions from journalists at a press conference following her defeat.

Bianca, watched by her parents from the stands stretched her winning matches to 14 coming into the final match against the American born tennis superstar Serena.

“I have been waiting for this day for the longest time. I’m beyond gratefullness to share this moment with Serena, a true legend for this game and undoubtedly, a great role model for me and many others,” says a proud title winner, Bianca Andreescu who had received a congratulatory tweet from several high-profile personalities around the world including the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, moments after she was declared 2019, champion of the United States Open tennis championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium in the world.

The defeat to Bianca is Serena’s fourth grand slam final lost in the space of two years. She was defeated in a controversial U.S. open final by Naomi Osaka last year, followed by another final defeat at the hands of no:4 seed Simona Halep of Romania at Wimbledon last July. Serena’s won 72 titles including singles and doubles, a historic accomplishment for any tennis player, male or female and that comes with a huge financial success, earning an estimated net worth of  $180. But she’s yet to win a single grand slam title since returning to the courts from childbirth in 2017.

Author: Lamin Drammeh in USA