2019 US Open Champion:  Bianca Andreescu -15- (CAN)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor.
► def  Serena Williams -08- (USA) 63 75
19-year-old Bianca Andreescu is the first Canadian ever to lift a Grand Slam Singles trophy, and she earned it with a victory over one of the dominant athletes in sport.
This is called foreshadowing.
Like all talented champions, it will be the work-ethic, determination and complete focus-on-self (the aspects of life she can control *see Rafael Nadal) that will set her apart from other ascending talents on Tour. That, and staying injury free.
Her fortnight in New York was tremendous. Last year, ranked outside the top-200, she fell in qualifying. Tonight, she owned 6-time US Open Champion Serena Williams to capture her first Grand Slam Singles title in a her US Open main draw debut. Storybook stuff.
But none of this appears to go to her head. Which is inspiring.
Time and $3.85-million will tell, but my guess is – being the child of immigrant parents from Romania, who arrived in Canada with just a pair of suitcases – regardless of accomplishment, her roots will keep her grounded…
As those roots did in set-2 – when Serena saved championship point and finally started landed first serves. Arthur Ashe Stadium came alive – went bonkers, in fact – and Serena won 4 straight games to get back on-serve. But Bianca weathered Serena’s iconic will and the gladiator atmosphere to finish-off the 10-time US Open Finalist with her 6th break of the match.
Tremendous effort. Sensational story. Classic Canadian grace.
It’s still crazy to realize Bianca Andreescu was born 9-months and 5-days after Serena captured her first Grand Slam Singles title at the 1999 US Open.
Championship Biography |  Bianca Andreescu -15- (CAN)
At just 19-years-old – Tonight, she becomes the first player since Venus Williams in 1997 to reach the championship match in her US Open main draw debut. At this time last year, she was ranked outside the top-200 – but after a breakthrough season that included 3-titles and 7-victories over top-10 opponents, she comes into tonight’s championship match as the World #15. And with her Semifinal win over Belinda Bencic on Friday, she became the first Canadian – man or woman – in the history of the game to reach the US Open Singles Final. From Ontario, Canada – please welcome Bianca Andreescu.
▲ FF: def  Serena Williams -08- (USA) 63 75
▲ SF: def  Belina Bencic -12- (SUI) 76(3) 75
▲ QF: def  Elise Mertens -25- (BEL) 36 62 63
▲ R4: def [Q] Taylor Townsend -116- (USA) 61 46 62
▲ R3: def  Caroline Wozniacki -19- (DEN) 64 64
▲ R2: def Kisrten Flipkens -110- (BEL) 63 75
▲ R1: def Katie Volynets -413- (USA) 62 64
Championship Biography |  Serena Williams -08- (USA)
At 37-years-old, she is arguably one of the Greatest of All Time. In 1999, at just 17-years-old, she captured her first Grand Slam Singles title right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium. 20-years-later, she owns the Career Grand Slam with 23 Grand Slam Singles titles in all. The sport’s top-ranked player for an astounding 319-weeks – she owns 72 WTA Singles titles, 4 Olympic Gold Medals, and is a Fed Cup Champion. No other player – man or woman – has reached more US Open Finals in the Open Era. Tonight – is her record-shattering 10th US Open Singles Final appearance. From Palm Beach Gardens, Florida – please welcome 6-time US Open Champion, Serena Williams.
▲ SF: def  Elina Svitolina -05- (UKR) 63 61
▲ QF: def  Qiang Wang -18- (CHN) 61 60
▲ R4: def  Petra Martic -22- (CRO) 63 64
▲ R3: def def Karolina Muchova -44- (CZE) 63 62
▲ R2: def [WC] Caty McNally -121- (USA) 57 63 61
▲ R1: def Maria Sharapova -87- (RUS) 61 61
Head to Head
These two had met once before – earlier this Summer in the championship match of the US Open Series event in Toronto. Injured, Serena Williams was forced to retire in the first set.