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Andreescu takes her US Open trophy to Top of the Rock

Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts after scoring a point against Serena Williams of the United States during the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Saturday Sept. 7 2019 in New York Andreescu takes her US Open trophy to Top of the Rock
Cary Erickson | 11 September, 2019, 12:34

Andreescu has spoken about her pregame meditation ritual. Just a year ago, Andreescu was ranked outside the top 200.

Serena Williams branded her performance in the US Open final "inexcusable" and said it was the "worst match" she played during the tournament. "That's easy to say but I'm really proud of how I dealt with everything".

"She does get tight but those four women have played the matches of their lives", tennis legend Chris Evert said in commentary for ESPN.

Williams still sits one behind Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam victories.

'All of it, honestly, truly is super frustrating, ' said Williams, who could only manage a first-serve percentage of 44.

"To be in yet another final, it seems, honestly, crazy, " she added. But the Canadian came back strong and took her game to that level of winning a major which many dream of.

Andreescu is now officially a household name-though she's not a first-time titlist, having won Indian Wells and Toronto this year.

This time, it was 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu who won her first major title, defeating the 37-year-old Williams 6-3, 7-5.

She got another chance in NY and delivered an impressive display in front of a raucous crowd supporting the American great. "I'm, like, so close, so close, so close, yet so far away", Williams said.

"I don't know what to say".

Leading 5-1 in the second set, Andreescu had a match point on her serve but couldn't close it out.

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The Ukrainian hadn't dropped a set in the tournament up until the semifinal, but Williams was mightily impressive in her 6-3, 6-1 win.

She has not lost a match since March and is 8-0 against top 10 opponents in a stunning rise to the top of the sport.

It's the richest purse in all of the Grand Slams in tennis. "I would smash rackets". At one point, I didn't have much faith in myself.

"But I found that that way wasn't working to my advantage at all". I've heard a lot of cheering from other people for me, so I'm really happy with that. Ever since then, I've been trying to have a very positive outlook on everything. "I guess these visualisations really, really work".

Andreescu still lets her emotions shine through in tense moments on court though, often pumping herself up after big points by shouting "yeah" and "come on" into the air.

"I felt like I could've done so many things a little bit better".

"I think that this win will hopefully do that, not only this win but just what I've accomplished this past year because so many Canadian athletes have paved the way for me when I was young".

"I believe I could have just been more Serena today", said Williams, a six-time champion at Flushing Meadows.

"Everybody saw why he is the No. 4 player in the world at 23 years old". Now that she's there, she's adjusted her vision to new heights.

"I'm sure I'm not the only person that's looked up to her". She's a champion. That's what champions do.