TENNIS

Andreescu Fends Off Williams Comeback To Win U.S. Open

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu claimed her first grand slam title in a hard-hitting and nerve-jangling 6-3 7-5 win over Serena Williams that put the brakes on the American's bid to equal the all-time record.

Andreescu matched Williams' power throughout the slugfest and kept her composure under intense pressure to fend off a late comeback from the six-times U.S. Open Champion.

The 19-year-old dropped her racket after hitting a blistering forehand return winner on match point to seal victory at Arthur Ashe stadium and collapsed on her back after embracing her defeated opponent.

Andreescu, the first Canadian to win a major in the professional era, prevented Williams from equaling Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam singles titles.

Williams, who has been denied the milestone in four slam finals since claiming her last major title at the Australian open in 2017, was gracious in defeat.

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