2019 USOpen Finals Wrap Up
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Nothing But Extraordinary
The US Open has come to a successful close, with two great match ups in both the women’s and men’s finals - Serena Williams V Bianca Andreeescu, and Rafael Nadal V Daniil Medvedev. Big names, high level of intensity, and a whole lot of heart!
Bianca Andreescu, the 19-year old from Mississauga ON went into the USOpen as a 15th seed, after coming off an injury last season, she was unable to qualify for a grand slam tournament. Andreescu kept her poise, passion, and head on straight as she defeated Elise Mertens(7) in the quarter finals 3-6.6-2,6-3. She then went on to face Belinda Bencic(12) in the semi’s where she seemed to cut it a little close by clinching the W 7-6,5-3. With a strong forehand play, Bianca made a solid comeback, advancing her to the finals. The finals were on Saturday where 8th seed Serena Williams, who had a clean run this tournament, went head to head with the new up and coming star.
Right from the start, Bianca was looking stronger than ever. Bianca has mentioned she “idolizes” Serena in a Rogers Cup interview, saying she “has posters” in her room and all. The Canadian kept her nerves in tact as she took the first set 6-3. Williams, though naturally a strong player, seemed to be a little shaky on her game. With the pressure on, even her well-known backhand drives weren’t seeming to get the job done. Serena made far too many faults and errors against the 19-year old, though did give Canadians a scare as she was making it look like the match would soon head to a third set. Down 3-1, Serena got her gears going to take a lead of 3-2. But, Bianca kept her composure and with a 3rd championship point set, Bianca fired a forehand down the line, denying Serena of receiving her 24th Grand Slam title. Bianca Andreescu has now made history by becoming the first Canadian to win a singles grand slam title, and to be the youngest winner since Martina Hingis in 1999 at the Australian Open. Bianca showed her true Canadian colours post match by actually apologizing to Serena for winning. How cultural eh?
With such a light shinning on the women’s finals, we can’t forget about the men! The men’s singles final was today, where icon Rafael Nadal(2) faced off against number 5 seed Daniil Medvedev. Nadal coming off a quarter finals lost in last year’s USOpen against Del Potro, In hopes to make his way closer to meeting Roger Federer’s 20 grand slam title wins -Nadal with 18. Up two sets to one, Nadal falls in the 4th set, taking the match into a 4th hour
with a do or die 5th set. A set with ongoing rally’
the two players were nothing but
entertaining as they gave their everything, making it an exciting end. On serve, Nadal with a tremendous drop shot takes himself to a 3rd championship point, where Daniil Medvedev is just shy of staying in on his return forehand, granting Nadal his 19th Grand Slam Title. Nadal takes the final 7-5,6-3,5-7,4-6,6-4.
The 2019 USOpen finals were nothing but extraordinary - a new up and coming phenom, and an iconic comeback, this weekend was filled with great athleticism, passion, and history. Yet another in the books!
Photo courtesy: The National