Serena loses open again
Serena’s career spans 20 years, that’s longer then her opponent Bianca Andreescu (19yrs old) has been alive. Williams fell short of making history Saturday, as she lost 6-3, 7-5 to Andreescu in the US Open final, Williams’s worst performance of the tournament.
The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd was overcoming Willams, as she fought to win her 24th Grand Slam singles title. History was still made with Bianca Andreescu being the first Canadian to claim a major tennis title and the first player born in the 2000s to win the Open as well.
“I believe I could have just been more Serena today,” Williams said. “I honestly don’t think Serena showed up.” “I can play better. That’s the only solace I can take.”
“I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m so sorry,” Andreescu said in the post-match interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi. “And obviously it was expected for Serena to fight back. She’s done that so many times in the past. That’s why she’s a true champion on and off the court, but I just tried my best to block everything out … The last game wasn’t easy. She started serving way, way better, too. Balls were going all over the place. I’m just glad with how I managed really.”
According to Christopher Minson, professor of human physiology at the University of Oregon, Williams has been dealing with physical issues, like a decrease in her ability to use oxygen, meaning when her heart rate reaches intense levels, it effects her performance. Other issues include a deterioration in strength and muscle function.
Serena is now 0-4 in Grand Slam finals since becoming a mother in 2017. Williams has a 38th birthday coming with in a matter of weeks, and the fact that Williams is still competing in Grand Slams is something special to behold.
“I’m like, so close, so close, so close,” she said, “yet so far away.” Serena talking about chasing the Grand Slam record.