Bianca Andreescu Wins the U.S. Open, Defeating Serena Williams – The New York Times
First set: Andreescu 5, Williams 3
Andreescu saves the first break point on her serve.
Carrying on her momentum from the long seventh game, Williams earned her first break point of the final in the next game. The opportunity didn’t last long: Andreescu saved the break point with her fourth ace, sending it wide past Williams’s backhand at 103 m.p.h. She held two points later to extend her lead to 5-3.
First set: Andreescu 4, Williams 3
Williams holds on in a marathon game.
In the most protracted battle so far, Williams toughed out a hold in the seventh game of the match, needing more than 10 minutes to hold for 3-4 in the first set.
Williams saved a break point with her third ace of the match. Andreescu earned a second break point, but squandered it with a backhand into the net. Williams saved a third break point by cracking a high forehand down the line for a winner, and a fourth with an ace that clipped the line that she needed the Hawkeye system to review.
Andreescu earned a fifth break point by winning an exchange of forehands, but Williams saved it with a sharply angled crosscourt backhand. Williams held two points later with a forehand winner, her 15th winner of the match.
Andreescu has held her own service games with ease, making 76 percent of first serves so far, and winning 85 percent of first-serve points. Fifth percent of her serves have gone unreturned.
First set: Andreescu 3, Williams 2
Williams is taking chances.
Andreescu remains ahead by one break, at 3-2. Williams has been the one taking chances so far in this match, hitting 10 winners and nine unforced errors already, compared to just two winners and one unforced error for Andreescu.
Williams’s friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is seated in a prime spot between Williams’s mother, Oracene Price, and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, for this final.