Canada's Andreescu wins US Open final, Williams falls short

Serena Williams will have to wait yet again to tie for the all-time lead in Grand Slam singles titles. Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu might just be starting her own run.

Williams fell 6-3, 7-5 to Andreescu in the US Open final on Sunday. The win is the 19-year-old Andreescu’s first career Grand Slam, and the fourth straight loss in a Grand Slam final for Williams.

Williams, owner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, is one short of Margaret Court’s 24 for a share of the all-time lead. Williams’ last Grand Slam title came at the 2017 Australian Open.

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Serena Williams of the United Sates stretches her shorts during her game against Maria Sharapova of Russia during for the Round 1 women's Singles match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 26, 2019 (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits balls into the crowd and jokes with film director Spike Lee after her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits balls into the crowd and jokes with film director Spike Lee after her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits balls into the crowd and jokes with film director Spike Lee after her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates her victory over Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia after their Women's Singles first round match 1on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Maria Sharapova of Russia after defeating her in her Women's Singles first round match during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia after their Women's Singles first round match 1on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their Round 1 Women's Singles tennis match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 26, 2019. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women's Singles first round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Star-making performance from Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu set the tone early by breaking Williams in the first game of the match, and never relinquished the lead in breaks during the first set.

The second set looked like it would a runaway win for Andreescu after she broke Williams twice in a row to take a commanding 5-1 game lead. Williams responded with the fire that has brought her to the brink of history and fought back to tie the set at 5-5.

And yet, it was Andreescu’s moment. The Canadian pulled it back together and won the match, completing a meteoric rise in the world of tennis this year.

Andreescu began the year ranked outside of the top 100, but put the tennis world on notice with a win at Indian Wells in the BNP Paribas Open. She eventually rose to No. 15 in the world entering the US Open, and will rise even more once the rankings are updated.

The first Canadian to win a Grand Slam, Andreescu is also the first player born in the 2000s to capture such an honor. Between Andreescu, last year’s champion Naomi Osaka and plenty of other young challengers like Coco Gauff, the future of women’s tennis could be forming before our eyes.

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