There is history all around the women’s US Open final. Serena Williams could finally end the wait for her to break the record for Grand Slam titles, while Andreescu is looking to become the first Canadian women to win a Grand Slam title. Something will have to give at Flushing Meadows, but will it be Williams or Andreescu celebrating in New York?
Serena Williams’ wait to equal the record set Margaret Court in Grand Slam events could finally be broken on Sunday evening. There wouldn’t be a more fitting place for Williams to finally break the record, having won her very first Grand Slam title in the US. Williams’ form has been plagued with the talk of the record over recent months, with the clear standout example being the Wimbledon final. The event in London was meant to be the time when she equalled the long-standing record, but her performance in the final was unlike the Williams that tennis fans have become accustomed to. She handed the title to Simona Halep, but she can get the money off her back in New York, and her form so far has been near-perfect. She has only dropped one game throughout the competition, and that came back in the second round against Caty McNally. Williams has looked like a woman on a mission, and that has been evident in her last two matches. She demolished 18th seed Qiang Wang in the quarter-finals 6-1, 6-0, before taking Elina Svitolina out in the semi-finals. By her recent form, she allowed Svitolina into the game in the first set but still rang out the comfortable winner 6-3. Before, she unleashed her full power on the fifth seed in the second set, eventually winning 6-1. It looks like nothing can stop the legendary player now from matching the record.
Meanwhile, very few would have predicted Bianca Andreescu would be participating in this final despite being the 15th seed. She became the first Canadian woman ever to reach a Grand Slam final by beating Belinda Bencic in the last round. The 19-year-old has unrivalled potential, and she has highlighted her quality throughout the competition. People began to notice her performances when she beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the third round, before beginning the second week with a dominant display against Taylor Townsend. In the quarter-finals, she dropped her second set of the competition against Elise Mertens, before recomposing herself to win the following to sets. Her fitness in the semi-final against Bencic was remarkable as she won the gruelling match 7-6, 7-5. However, a matchup against Williams could prove to be a bridge too far, and BetXChange certainly agrees as she is the 2.07 outsider to win the US Open.
Head to Head
The two players have only met once before, and that came in this final of this year’s Canadian Masters. Andreescu was victorious on that occasion as Williams was forced to retire when trailing 3-1 due to injury.
The recent meeting between the two does give us an insight into how this match may go, but the Williams that we have seen at Flushing Meadows is like a lion. She knows exactly what she wants, and it almost seems impossible to imagine her not winning the US Open now. It will be a hard-fought match, but Williams’ quality will come through in the end.