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Canadian teenager Andreescu beats Serena Williams in US Open decider

By Canadian Press	
	 		Andreescu’s coach knows Canadian needs to play ‘complete match’ in final				Sep 08 2019 By Canadian Press Andreescu’s coach knows Canadian needs to play ‘complete match’ in final Sep 08 2019
Cary Erickson | 12 September, 2019, 11:23

This was the second final Andreescu won against Serena Williams after the one at Rogers Cup, where Serena withdrew because of an injury.

The 19-year-old from Mississauga, near Toronto, shocked the 23-time grand slam champion 6-3 7-5 to win her first major trophy in her first major final. But I think this was the worst match I've played all tournament. Congratulations", she said. "So proud and happy for you. I know I have a different game style than many players on the tour right now. I just told myself to stick with my tactics.

In the entire match, Williams made 33, while Bianca made just 17 mistakes.

"Serena will be looking at it, 44% of first serves in, and that's not good enough", Barker said.

"Like I said after I won the Orange Bowl (in 2015), a couple months after, I really believed that I could be at this stage. I believe I could have just been more Serena today", Williams said.

"I think that's really been helping me, even in tough situations". "I honestly don't think Serena showed up and I have to figure out how to get her to show up". She said after the match that she had been feeling nervous in the build-up. "I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I'm so sorry".

"Let's face it, she's got another four (Grand Slams) next year and the Olympics, I'm sure she'll want to do that, she loves playing at the Olympics. I gotta keep fighting through it".

She revealed one of her techniques had been to spend years picturing herself triumphing, determined to turn her wishes into reality.

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"I'm not necessarily chasing a record".

Andreescu finally shrugged off her doubts, holding serve and breaking Williams again to claim the set at 7-5.

"It's definitely frustrating. But for the most part I just am still here. I'm still doing what I can do".

Williams got past a slightly shaky start and quickly took control for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in their semifinal at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday night.

"I was just thinking, honestly at that point, 'Wow, this is bad".

"But it definitely wasn't easy, especially when she started coming back in the second set. I have to do better, '" Williams said. "Like you got to play better".

In the process, Andreescu stalled Williams' bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, withstanding a rousing second-set recovery from the American to become the seventh first-time Major champion in the past 11 events.

"So that was obviously on my mind: 'How do I play at a level like this in a final?'" She holds an 8-0 record over top-10 players in her career. At the same time it's inexcusable for me to play at that level.