Serena says her poor effort 'inexcusable' in US Open final

Tanya Simon
September 11, 2019

The US Open continued its tradition of introducing new superstars in the women's game after yet another first time champion emerged on Saturday with Bianca Andreescu becoming the first Canadian to win a singles Grand Slam title.

Rafael Nadal survived a spirited comeback by Daniil Medvedev to win the United States Open final, 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, and claim his 19th Grand Slam title on Sunday.

"SHE THE CHAMP!" tweeted the Raptors, alongside a jersey with Andreescu's name on the back. "I honestly don't think Serena showed up and I have to figure out how to get her to show up". I tried to step on the court and not focus on who I'm playing. It wasn't easy at all.

"I think that's really been helping me, even in tough situations".

"It's wonderful because that's what we want, we want our top athletes to serve as models so the kids can try to imitate them", he said. "I'm just so proud that I'm out here and competing at this level". It's been working really, really well.

"But I found that that way wasn't working to my advantage at all".

"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". She committed eight double-faults, including one that lost her the first set, and made only 44% of her first serves.

"I've said this many, many times before". "She's 19, there's a full career ahead of her so we're going to try to make a lot of other good things happen". Williams had five break points in the seventh game, but was unable to convert on all of them.

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Williams also displayed excellent sportsmanship when asked about her competitor. The Canadian player then seized her momentum and stormed to a 5-1 lead.

She is also still looking for her first championship - major or otherwise - after returning from the birth of her daughter. "I can't complain. This year has been a dream come true".

"I actually wrote myself a cheque for this tournament - back in 2015, it wasn't that much money [$3.85million in prize money] but, every year, I kept increasing it".

"It's definitely frustrating but for the most part I just am still here".

Andreescu, who had never made it past the second round of a grand slam prior to this year's US Open is the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title. "I believe I could have just been more Serena today", Williams said.

Tuffs was one of several young tennis players practising at the city's Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre before Andreescu's match.

"Who knows? Maybe I can be even better". I'm going to say it again: "It's been a goal of mine to inspire many people, especially Canadian athletes", said Andreescu. "I wish I could have played better but if anyone could win this tournament, outside of Venus and me, it's Bianca". "I just find ways to deal with that so I'm prepared for anything that comes my way. I could have played better and that's the only solace that I can take right now".

Andreescu talked about her meditative process throughout the U.S. Open, and said after her semifinal victory against Belinda Bencic that she had visualized winning the Grand Slam in NY, even writing herself a fake winner's cheque when she was 15.

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