Bianca Andreescu, 2019 US Open

Turning back the clock … 20 years after her first US Open title, Serena is in final again. She’ll face 19-yr old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who’s chasing her first Slam title. Let’s have a look at both players road to the final:

Bianca Andreescu’s road to the final

She finished 2018 ranked world number 178, and now it seems she can’t stop winning, as she will be make her entry to the top 10 on Monday. She had a breakout tournament at Indian Wells, defeating Muguruza, Svitolina and Kerber en route to her maiden WTA title. She then reached the fourth round in Miami, but missed most of the clay and grass court seasons due to a shoulder injury. She came back at the Canadian Open in Toronto, and became the first Canadian woman to win the event Faye Urban in 1969.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Katie Volynets 6-2 6-4
R2 Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 7-5
R3 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4
R4 Taylor Townsend 6-1 4-6 6-2
QF Elise Mertens 3-6 6-2 6-3
SF Belinda Bencic 7-6 7-5

Playing her first US Open, she’s had the best debut since Venus Williams in 1997.
Bianca cruised through the first three rounds without dropping a set, but had to work hard to get past Taylor Townsend and Elise Mertens in the next rounds. She saved a set point and rallied from two breaks down, winning five straight games to defeat Belinda Bencic in the semifinals.

“I’ve always dreamt of this moment ever since I was a little kid. But I don’t think many people would have actually thought that it would become a reality.”

Serena Williams’ road to the final

Serena has won no title so far this year: she reached the Wimbledon final but was dispatched by Simona Halep 2-6 2-6, and a month later, facing Bianca Andreescu in the final of the Canadian Open, she was forced to retire due to back spasms.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1
R2 Caty McNally 5-7 6-3 6-1
R3 Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-2
R4 Petra Martic 6-3 6-4
QF Qiang Wang 6-1 6-0
SF Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-1

Serena only dropped a set – to 17 yr old McNally – en route to a record 10th Open final. She’s been particularly impressive in her last two rounds, as she dismantled Wang and Svitolina in the quarters and semifinals respectively.
Her victory over the Ukrainian was her 101st win here, tying Chris Evert.

“I think when I first started, you could win a lot of easy matches, then you’re in the quarterfinals, that’s when it starts to get a little more tough. Now, like, there’s no easy match. Everyone’s playing great. Everyone’s just doing a lot better.”

So, who do you think will win this clash of generations? Will it be a record-tying 24th Slam for Serena or a 1st for Bianca?

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Nadal 2019 US Open shoes

Rafa‘s shoe of choice at this year’s US Open is the NikeCourt Zoom Cage 3 in black and bright violet. Nadal’s shoes and outfit are available on nike.com.

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Marin Cilic US Open outfit

2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic is facing Rafael Nadal today for a place in the quarterfinals. He is wearing a polo and short from the PL Rolando line named after Pierluigi Rolando, FILA‘s original creative director, back in 1971.

Marin Cilic US Open outfit

Marin Cilic US Open outfit

Marin’s outfit is available online.

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Chris Evert, 1989 US Open

From On this day in tennis history by Randy Walker

The storied US open career of Chris Evert comes to an end as the six-time champion is defeated by Zina Garrison 7-6 6-2 in Evert’s final US Open match in the women’s quarterfinals.

Says Evert, “I’m not disappointed that it’s my last match at the Open, I’m disappointed isolating the match and thinking how I played it, and, well, that’s one of the reasons I’m retiring.”

Evert, a six-time US Open champion, makes her debut at the US Open in 1971 as a 16-year old amateur, reaching the semifinals en route to winning a record 101 of 113 tournament matches.

Says Garrison, “When I went over and sat down, I thought about what had just happened, that this is the last time we’ll see Chris here. She’s been so much to the game. She’s such a lady. To be the villain to have to take her out of this tournament, it’s good for me but it wasn’t good for me. It might not be the way I want people to remember me, but at least I will be remembered.” [1]

Writes Robin Finn in the New York Times, “Evert calmly packed up her racquets on the Stadium Court the last time, gave a smile and a rotating wave of farewell to her fans and put a steadying arm around the shoulders of Garrison, who couldn’t suppress a few confused tears.”

Note:
[1]: She did not know it at the time, but she would be remembered for much more than her victory over Evert, in particular her Wimbledon final in 1990.

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Naomi Osaka US Open outfit

Naomi Osaka returns to NYC, the place of her first Grand Slam title, wearing exclusive NikeCourt x sacai performance apparel.
The world number one, who’ll face Coco Gauff in the third round, switched from adidas to Nike earlier this year.

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