From writing fake cheque three years ago to winning $3.85m at US Open, crazy reality of 19-year-old US Open champion Bianca Andreescu

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Candian teenager Bianca Andreescu has stunned Serena Williams by beating her in straight sets to in the US Open final to claim her maiden Grand Slam title. Her  6-3 7-5 against 37-year-old Williams meant that the latter could not win her record-equalling 24th Grand Slam titles.

Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu was brutal right from the beginning and almost wrapped up the game 6-3, 6-2 had Williams not bounced back by breaking the Canadian teenager in the seventh game before holding her serve in the eighth. But, this was too little too late for the American as  Andreescu won the deciding set 7-5 in the end.

Williams enjoyed considerable support from the crowd as they rallied behind her sensing her comeback. Andreescu said that overcoming the crowd was her major challenge she knew that the crowd ‘wanted Serena to win.’ She said, “Obviously it was expected for Serena to fight back, but I tried my best to block everything out. I’m glad how I managed to do that.”

Speaking after her win, Andreescu said that she was looking forward to returning to Toronto, her home town. She said that she loved everything about Canada particularly its multiculturism. The US Open champion’s parents Nicu and Maria had emigrated to Canada from Romania in the 1990s.

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Williams, for her part, said that the Canadian teenager had played an ‘unbelievable match.’ “Bianca played an unbelievable match. If anyone could win this, outside of (sister) Venus, I’m happy it’s Bianca,” Williams said.

She added, “I was just fighting at that point (at 5-1 down in the second set), trying to stay out there a little bit longer. The fans started cheering so hard and it made me feel better and fight a bit more.”

Her win on Saturday assumed significance since she had played only six tour-level matches at the turn of the year. Since then she has won prestigious WTA Premier titles at Indian Wells and Toronto, rising to 15th in the world. reported BBC. With the US Open in her kitty, Andreescu will now climb to fifth in the world and take home another $3.85m after this success. Not many would that three years ago, the new US Champion had written a fake cheque to herself in a mock-up of the one given to the US Open champion.

Rafael Nadal will face Daniil Medvedev for the Men’s singles title later today.

 

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