Bianca Andreescu has become the first woman from Canada to win a Grand Slam singles title after producing a stunning performance to beat Serena Williams in the US Open final.
Andreescu, playing in her first Major final, was gifted the ideal start after Williams double-faulted to drop serve and the 19-year-old was nerveless as she stayed in control and won the opening set 6-3.
In the second set, Andreescu’s level elevated even higher as she ruthlessly took advantage of a poor Williams serving day and she served for the match at 5-2.
Williams hit back in stunning fashion to level the set at 5-5 but when serving to stay in the match, Andreescu found her form again and on her third championship point, she drilled a forehand return for a winner to create history on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Bianca Andreescu is the US Open champion
Bianca Andreescu lies on the court after victory
SERENA WILLIAMS VS BIANCA ANDREESCU LIVE
SECOND SET (*denotes server)
23:30: That is it for our coverage of the final. A history-making moment from Andreescu. Huge disappointment for Williams.
Join us again tomorrow for the men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.
23:21: Andreescu says: “It’s so hard to explain in words but I’m just beyond grateful and truly blessed. I’ve worked really, really hard for this moment.
“This year has been a dream come true. Being able to play on this stage against Serena, a true legend of the sport, is amazing.
“It wasn’t easy at all. I tried to prepare my best like I do every match, I tried not to focus on who I’m playing. I’m really proud of how I dealt with everything.”
23:18: Madison Keys tweeted – “Always a fighter, always inspiring – win or lose @serenawilliams. Such a great match to watch.”
23:15: Williams said: “Bianca played an unbelievable match, I am so proud and happy for you. It was incredible tennis out there.
“If anyone could win this, outside of Venus [Williams], I’m happy it’s Bianca.”
23:10: The trophy presentation is underway.
23:00: Nice embrace at the net between Williams and Andreescu. FOUR Grand Slam final defeats in a row for Williams. Number 24 just isn’t happening for her.
Stay with us for all of the post-match reaction on a seismic day for women’s tennis.
*WILLIAMS 3-6 5-7 ANDREESCU
Williams forehand long, 15-0. Then a forehand winner, 15-15. Andreescu forehand return winner, 15-30. Williams backhand wide, two championship points.
Williams ace, 30-40. Andreescu forehand return winner. GAME. SET. MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP ANDREESCU!!
WILLIAMS 3-6 5-6 ANDREESCU*
Andreescu ace, 40-15. Andreescu backhand into the net, 40-30. And she stops the rot when Williams nets a backhand.
*WILLIAMS 3-6 5-5 ANDREESCU
Williams ace, 15-0. Double fault, 15-all. Williams ace, 30-15. Williams double fault, 30-30. Andreescu backhand return wide, 40-30.
5-1 IS NOW 5-5. Great character from Williams to fight back.
WILLIAMS 3-6 4-5 ANDREESCU*
Andreescu backhand long, 0-30. Williams backhand winner, three break points. Andreescu forehand wide. Williams breaks again. Back on serve.
*WILLIAMS 3-6 3-5 ANDREESCU
Sixth ace for Williams, 30-0. Great depth from Williams and Andreescu nets a forehand, 40-0. Williams forehand long, 40-15.
Big Williams serve and Andreescu can’t return it. Andreescu to serve for the match again.
WILLIAMS 3-6 2-5 ANDREESCU*
Andreescu forehand winner, 15-all. Williams backhand return long, 30-15. Andreescu backhand long, 30-30. Williams backhand return wide. Championship point.
Williams forehand return winner. Deuce. Big Williams backhand gets the error from Andreescu, break point. Poor Williams drop shot, deuce.
Big Williams forehand and Andreescu can’t get the ball back in play, break point. Andreescu backhand long. Williams breaks back!
*WILLIAMS 3-6 1-5 ANDREESCU
Williams backhand long, 15-30. Williams double fault, two break points. She saves the first. Williams forehand long. ANDREESCU TO SERVE FOR THE TITLE.
Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams speak at the net
WILLIAMS 3-6 1-4 ANDREESCU*
Williams forehand return winner, 40-15. Andreescu holds and is just two games away from the title.
*WILLIAMS 3-6 1-3 ANDREESCU
Williams backhand into the net, 15-30. But she hits back with a backhand winner. Williams ace, 40-30. Double fault Williams, deuce.
Williams forehand into the net, break point. Deep Andreescu forehand and Williams can’t get the ball back over. The teen breaks again.
WILLIAMS 3-6 1-2 ANDREESCU*
Williams forehand return winner, 15-30. Andreescu double fault, 30-40. Williams nets a backhand return. Deuce.
Williams forehand winner, break point. Williams backhand into the net. A dominant rally from Williams and forehand winner to finish, third break point.
Andreescu backhand catches the line. Fourth break point for Williams after a big forehand return. And Williams breaks when her forehand clips the top of the net and just drops on Andreescu’s side. Back on serve.
*WILLIAMS 3-6 0-2 ANDREESCU
THREE break points for Andreescu as Williams nets a forehand. Williams double fault. Andreescu breaks. Remarkable.
WILLIAMS 3-6 0-1 ANDREESCU*
Andreescu holds serve with a fabulous second serve.
*WILLIAMS 3-6 ANDREESCU
Andreescu backhand winner, 30-30. Andreescu volley winner, deuce. Set point for Andreescu after another forehand winner.
Williams double fault. First set to the Canadian.
Bianca Andreescu is playing in her first Grand Slam final
WILLIAMS 3-5 ANDREESCU*
Andreescu forehand into the net, 15-30. Andreescu backhand into the net after a deep Williams return, 30-40.
Andreescu ace. Wow. Deuce. And she holds with a wrong footing forehand winner. Stunning. Nerves of steel.
*WILLIAMS 3-4 ANDREESCU
Deep forehand return from Andreescu gets the error from Williams. Williams forehand long, 30-all. Williams backhand wide, break point.
Williams ace, deuce. Another Williams backhand into the net, second break point. Andreescu nets a tense backhand.
Andreescu cracks a forehand winner, third break point. Williams forehand winner. Williams backhand into the net, fourth break point. Williams ace.
Andreescu forehand winner, fifth break point. Andreescu backhand into the net. Andreescu backhand into the net. Williams forehand winner.
A ten-minute game. Could this be a turning point in the match?
WILLIAMS 2-4 ANDREESCU*
Williams cracks a backhand winner up the line, 30-15. Andreescu double fault, 30-all. And she responds with an ace. Then a big wide serve to hold.
Gets out of a little trouble there.
*WILLIAMS 2-3 ANDREESCU
Big serving from Williams to hold. Recovered well from that opening game mishap.
WILLIAMS 1-3 ANDREESCU*
Too many errors from the racket of Williams and Andreescu takes advantage to hold to 15.
*WILLIAMS 1-2 ANDREESCU
Williams cracks a forehand down the line to get on the board in this final.
WILLIAMS 0-2 ANDREESCU*
Williams forehand winner down the line, 15-30. Big serve from Andreescu, 40-30. And she consolidates the break when Williams nets a backhand return. Fabulous start.
Serena Williams was broken in her opening game
*WILLIAMS 0-1 ANDREESCU
An ace from Williams to start the final. Andreescu backhand into the net, 40-15. But Williams nets a forehand, deuce.
Back to back double faults from Williams and Andreescu breaks.
21:15: Andreescu won the toss but elected to receive.
21:10: Incredible noise as Williams and Andreescu walk out for the match.
20:55: Likewise from Williams: “I think it’s cool that I’ve been in more finals than I think anyone on tour after being pregnant. I think that’s kind of awesome. That’s currently on tour.
“I kind of look at it that way because it’s not easy to go through what I did and come back, and so fast. To keep playing, to also not be 20 years old, yeah, I’m pretty proud of myself.”
20:50: Some confident talk from Andreescu before the final: “Oh, yeah, I’ve wanted to play her. I remember always telling my team I would have always wanted to play her right before she retires.
“I’m really looking forward to it. She’s an amazing champion on and off the court. It’s going to be fun.”
20:40: A few stats before we get underway –
- Andreescu joins an elite list of just six women to have reached a Grand Slam final in four major appearances or less.
- This is the ninth time in a 13-year stretch that Williams has reached two or more Grand Slam finals.
- Williams is tied with Chris Evert on 101 all-time US Open wins
- At 37 years and 347 days, Serena Williams is the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the Open Era.
- Andreescu was born nine months after Williams won her first Grand Slam at the 1999 US Open.
20:30: There will be a star-studded list of celebrities at the final.
Here’s just a few Anna Wintour, Cara Delevigne, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Spike Lee, Uzo Aduba and Spike Lee.
20:20: Quick shout out to Jamie Murray, who alongside Bethanie Mattek Sands successfully defended their mixed doubles title.
That’s the seventh Major title of his career.
20:15: Less than 45 minutes to go until the final. Stay with us for all the build-up to the final.
20:00: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the women’s US Open singles final between Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu.