Serena Williams to face 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu in US Open final

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The 2019 US Open final will be contested between Serena Williams, who will have another shot at winning a record-equaling 24th major title, and Bianca Andreescu, Canadian teenager born nine months after her upcoming opponent won her first title at the season’s final Grand Slam in 1999.

Serena Williams

The eighth-seeded Williams saved all six break points she faced against Elina Svitolina to record a routine 6-3 6-1 victory over the highest ranked player to reach the last eight at Flushing Meadows. The match lasted only one hour and ten minutes, as Williams hit 34 winners, compared to her opponent’s 11. Svitolina couldn’t cope with Williams’ powerful game, especially in the second set in which the Ukrainian won just three receiving points.

Bianca Andreescu

In a match-up between two first-time Grand Slam semifinalists, Bianca Andreescu reached the final by battling past Belinda Bencic 7-6(3) 7-5 on her debut in the main draw of the US Open. In the tight first set, Canada’s Andreescu saved all six break points created by the Swiss and despite not earning a single break point herself during the first twelve games, the 19-year-old prevailed in the tiebreak which she opened with a 5-0 lead. From 5-2 down in the second set, Andreescu won five straight games to advance to the final in only her fourth appearance at a Slam.

Saturday’s US Open final comes less than a month after the first career meeting of Williams and Andreescu, when the 37-year-old American tearfully retired with a back injury early in the first set of their Rogers Cup title match in Toronto.

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