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?

Read more:
1999 US Open: first Grand Slam title for Serena Williams
2001 US Open: Venus defeats sister Serena
2014 US Open: 18th Grand Slam title for Serena

Serena Williams

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Frances Tiafoe unveils Nike 2019 US Open collection

Here’s a look at the the outfits that the NikeCourt team of Frances Tiafoe, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov will be wearing at the upcoming US Open:

Frances Tiafoe unveils Nike 2019 US Open collection

Rafael Nadal will be back to his trademark sleeveless shirt. Read more here.

Here’s a look at the women’s collection, worn by Sloane Stephens, Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina:

Maria Sharapova, who will face Serena Williams in the first round, will wear the Night Fall Maria NY Dress, available in two colorways, “monarch” for day and black for night sessions. Serena‘s outfit has not been unveiled yet.

This collection is available online and at select retailers.

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Kim Clijsters and her daughter, 2009 US Open

In 2007 at the age of 23, Kim Clijsters retired to start a family. Two years later she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in the US Open final to become the first mother to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

From Bud Collins History of tennis:

Serena, the title holder, was the one constant in the quarterfinals – but who were these other folks?
Well, 23-year-old Kim Clijsters, the 2005 champ, looked familiar. However, she’d been retired almost three seasons, had a baby, and played only seven matches coming into New York as a wild card with no WTA ranking.

Amazingly, she also looked formidable, the lone unseeded/wild card entry to win the title, 7-5 6-3, over 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki. As the first Dane to ascend to the final, Caroline had ousted 2004 champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6 7-6 7-6 in the fourth round.

But of course, the sweetheart of Flushing – the crowds’ darling was 17-year-old Georgian Melanie Oudin; who tool off from number 70 and didn’t come down until number 9 Wozniacki stopped her in the quarters 6-2 6-2. But prior to that, come-backing Melanie the Fair Maid of Marietta, conducted her private war with Russia. Short, but long of baseline strokes and fight, she overcame numbers 36-4-29-13 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-2, Elena Dementieva 5-7 6-4 6-3, Maria Sharapova 3-6 6-4 7-5, Nadia Petrova 1-6 7-6 6-3.

Co-favorites were the Sisters Williams, but Clijsters chased both of them, Venus in the fourth round 6-0 0-6 6-4, and Serena in a bizarre and contentious semi, 6-4 7-5. The latter disrupted the tournament, a match disintegrating on a sad though historic note – a penalty point leveled a raging Serena was the abrupt end. At 15-30, Serena serving a second ball, was called for a foot fault, stepping on the baseline. That made it 15-40, match point. Whereupon Serena lost her head and directed a profane, threatening tirade at the Japanese baseline judge, Shino Tsurubuchi, raising her racquet menacingly at the official. Since the American had already incurred a warning violation for smashing her racquet at the close of the first set, the next infraction – her blow-up – called for a penalty point from umpire Louise Engzell. That concluded the game and the match, an unprecedented closure without a ball being struck. Williams was fined $10,000 by the US Open, but later fined another $82,500 (a record fine) by the Grand Slam Committee. She was fortunate not to be suspended. Another stranger, number 50, Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, got to the semis, there beaten by Wozniacki, 6-3 6-3.

Serena Williams, winner of the 1999 US Open

From The Bud Collins History of tennis:

The words of Richard Williams that kid sister is the more talented of the two began to ring true.

Seventh-seed Serena, 17, became the first Williams to win a major singles title, and the first black since Althea Gibson at Forest Hills in 1958 to take a major female championship. Her run to the title was not a cake walk.
In the third round, she was on the brink of defeat against 16-year-old Belgian Kim Clijsters, a future Open champion, with Clijsters leading 5-3 in the final set before Serena won 16 of last 17 points to close, 4-6 6-2 7-5.
In the round of 16, Serena rallied from a set down to top Conchita Martinez, 4-6 6-2 6-2. Facing Monica Seles in the quarters, Serena dropped the first set again before recording a 4-6 6-3 6-2 victory. Next on her agenda was defending champion Davenport. Serena took that one 6-4 1-6 6-4.

Serena had played 16 sets, but she was ready for the final against top-seeded Hingis, winner of a bruising battle over big sister Venus 6-1 4-6 6-3 the day before that shut off a prospective all-Williams final.
Hingis took too much out of herself in that strenuous showdown, and Serena was just hitting her stride. Williams led 3-6 3-5 15-40, double match point against an overwhelmed Hingis, but Martina refused to walk away. She took three games in a row and was two points from parity at one set all. Hingis led 6-5 30-0 but Serena rekindled her energy and enthusiasm and came away with a 6-3 7-6(4) victory in her first major final.

As Serena finished off Hingis, big sister Venus watched from the stands, wearing a bittersweet expression. She had been expected to win a big championship before Serena, but the following afternoon the two sisters joined forces to capture the doubles title over Chanda Rubin and Sandrine Testud 4-6 6-1 6-4.