Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu defeated Serena Williams in the US Open final to claim her first Grand Slam title.
Andreescu took over at the start of the match, riding a set and two breaks, then withstanding late fees by Williams to win 6-3, 7-5 for the Saturday night championship.
The 19-year-old is the first woman to win the US Open in her tournament debut in the Open era, which began in 1968.
His win on Saturday prevented Williams from claiming what would be a binding 24th major championship record.
This is the second year in a row that Williams lost the US Open final. This one had no controversy in 2018, when he was involved in a fight with the referee when he was beaten by Naomi Osaka.
Andreescu performed a large portion and a large punch as Williams did. Williams is also not at his best, getting tighter at crucial moments, including a double fault on the last point of the three matches that must be broken.
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He rose 5-1 in the second set and served for the victory there, even holding a match point at 40-30. But Williams removed it with a forehand winner from a 105 mph service.
It launched four running matches for Williams, who broke Andreescu again to make five-all. The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd was very supportive of Williams, not surprisingly, and the audience became so loud when he tried to put together a successful comeback that Andreescu covered his ears with both hands after one point.
Suddenly, this is a contest.
But also Andreescu handled everything – himself, his much more experienced and successful opponents, and even then – Williams was far from the best, especially when serving. He broke for the sixth time in the last match.
Andreescu only participated in four majors in his short career.
A year ago, Andreescu lost in the opening round of qualifying.
On Saturday, there he was, putting his hand on his head, dropping his racket and then pumping his fist when it ended. After a hug from Williams, who smiled at the net, Andreescu kissed the blue court and rolled onto his back, enjoying a round of applause.
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