US Open 2019: Serena Williams criticises 'inexcusable' performance in final defeat

Tanya Simon
September 12, 2019

The 19-year-old from Mississauga, near Toronto, shocked the 23-time grand slam champion 6-3 7-5 to win her first major trophy in her first major final.

"I love Bianca. I think she's a great girl. I could have played better and that's the only solace that I can take right now". I know I have a different game style than many players on the tour right now.

In the entire match, Williams made 33, while Bianca made just 17 mistakes. Serena double faulted to hand Andreescu a winning first set that she'd dominated with spin serves fans are used to seeing from Williams and aggressive returns. She dropped 30 of 43 points on her second serve.

"That was obviously on my mind, like how do I play at a level like this in a final? I believe I could have just been more Serena today", Williams said. "I think that's kind of been a little helpful".

She has now lost more grand slam finals over the last three years than she did over a 17-year period prior to 2016.

All of it honestly, truly is super frustrating.

As for Williams, she says the stress of contending with other tennis superstars might be less taxing than motherhood. And I've just got to just keep fighting through it.

In the second set, Williams began to turn over her game.

"I'm not necessarily chasing a record".

Here are more details on her win and how much prize money Bianca Andreescu will get for the victory.

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"Also, I mean, it's part of life going through situations like that", Andreescu said. "I'm still doing what I can do".

So before Andreescu hoisted the hardware she earned Saturday with her 6-3, 7-5 victory over Serena Williams, she leaned toward a tournament official and asked which side was the front.

"Since then, honestly I've been visualising it nearly every single day".

"But it definitely wasn't easy, especially when she started coming back in the second set. I'm just trying to win Grand Slams", Williams said.

In March, as a wildcard, she won the Indian Wells title but a shoulder injury forced her to retire from a last-16 match at the following event in Miami and caused her to miss most of the clay and grasscourt seasons.

"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". Andreescu was on top of the tennis world. "My baby was eight months, and that's tough". "She is an incredible athlete and she's been in four Grand Slam finals since she gave birth to her daughter".

"I'm not really happy, but I have to take it one moment at a time", she said.

"It's inexcusable for me to play at that level".

"I definitely did better than I did against Halep".

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