Bianca Andreescu: How a fake check inspired the US Open champion

(CNN)Years ago, Bianca Andreescu wrote her name and the prize money for winning the US Open on a mock-up check. “So, I just grabbed a check and wrote the prize money of that year. But every year I kept increasing it because it kept changing. But I just kept visualizing that moment since that day. “Now being the actual champion is just so crazy.” READ: Andreescu defeats Williams to win first Grand Slam title ‘Proud to be Canadian’ It’s been a whirlwind eight months for Andreescu, who was ranked 178th at the start of the year. Now 19, she’s the first teen since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to win a Grand Slam title and is on a run of 14 …

Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win US Open final

Bianca Andreescu has become Canadas first grand slam champion of the open era, beating Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 It was as if Serena Williams was playing herself, the 17-year-old prodigy of 1999, when she won the first of her 23 grand slam titles, the first of six in front of her own fans except the mirror answered back on Saturday night when the remarkable Bianca Andreescu, 19, won the title, beating her in straight sets. It was her first slam final, the first time in four attempts shed gone past the second round, and she became the first Canadian to win a major when, after an hour and 40 minutes that seemed much longer, she brought the drama to a …

Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams to win her first US Open and grand slam title

New York (CNN)Bianca Andreescu just doesn’t know how to lose a tennis match these days while Serena Williams suddenly is struggling to win a grand slam final. “I was just thinking, honestly at that point, ‘Wow, this is terrible,’” a disheartened Williams told reporters. “Like, ‘You got to play better. I have to do better.’ I just couldn’t go down like that, so I just wanted to play a little bit better.” It was indeed better but not enough to completely turn things around. Andreescu ripped a return winner on her third match point and the two hugged at the net. Seconds later, Andreescu lay flat on the court, face up, and closed her eyes. She broke down in tears …

Serena Williams out to overcome 2018 US Open meltdown against Andreescu

One year on from her career low point against Naomi Osaka the former champion takes on yet another prodigy in Bianca Andreescu Not since Muhammad Ali roamed boxing in the 60s and 70s has there been an individual sporting psychodrama to equal that generated by Serena Williams. Three weeks short of her 38th birthday (which she does not celebrate because of her Jehovahs Witness faith), Williams is hurled into another anniversary she cannot avoid when she revisits the scene of probably her most anguished experience. It is a year since the great American left Arthur Ashe Stadium in tears, a broken champion who could do little but surrender to her own frailties and the Elina Svitolina in straight sets on …

Nadal edges Medvedev to win fourth US Open and 19th major, only one behind Federer

New York (CNN)In this last grand slam of 2019, a 19-year-old won the women’s title at the US Open, and Rafael Nadal landed his 19th major Sunday in dramatic fashion to creep up on Roger Federer on the grand slam ladder. Visit our tennis page for more news and video Medvedev certainly fared better than when he met Nadal in Montreal, claiming a mere three games. Despite the tough loss, he showed a sense of humor during his speech. “If I win, what will they show?” he said, referencing Nadal’s video tribute. He won over the fans Sunday, during a fortnight where he was previously cast as a villain. The final wasn’t without controversy but it had nothing to do …

Bianca Andreescu sees a remarkable vision come true at US Open | Tumaini Carayol

The Canadian teenager capped a meteoric rise this year with victory over Serena Williams in the final at Flushing Meadows Before every tournament she plays and every move she makes, Bianca Andreescu sits down, closes her eyes and visualises exactly how the results will end in her favour. It has become one of the keys to her success, something she never fails to mention as people continue their attempts to make sense of one of the most astonishing breakthroughs in recent years, which culminated in the 19-year-olds 6-3, 7-5 win finished it as the US Open champion. But one year before her victory, Andreescu had not even broken into the top 100. Ranked well outside the top 200, she lost …

Rafael Nadal takes ‘step forward’ in pursuit of Federer’s grand slam record

(CNN)Rafael Nadal took a “step forward” in his pursuit of Roger Federer’s grand slam record as he advanced to the semifinals of the US Open. The other three men’s semifinalists — Berrettini, Grigor Dimitrov and Daniil Medvedev — have never played in a grand slam final. “Today I make a step forward, in my opinion,” said Nadal in his on-court interview at Flushing Meadows. “That match gives me confidence. Two matches in a row against two tough opponents. “That’s a moment to increase a little bit more the level, and I really believe that I can do it.” READ: US Open villain Daniil Medvedev keeps on winning, reaches semifinals Front runner The quarterfinal was far from a walk in the …

Serena Williams overwhelms Elina Svitolina to reach 10th US Open final

The 23-time major champion is back in the US Open final after a one-sided win over Elina Svitolina on Thursday night in New York A spectacular sunset settled over Manhattan as Serena Williams, reluctant to embrace the evening of her own glowing career, blazed again to reach the final of the US Open, where psychic bruises from her meltdown in losing to Naomi Osaka a year ago have just about healed. She beat the fifth seed Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 6-1, to get there, and there was palpable relief in her voice when she said courtside, There were long games in the first set. Shes such a good player, two semis in a row. This is the biggest stadium for tennis …

Daniil Medvedev reaches first grand slam final at US Open

New York (CNN)Reaching the US Open final during an exceptional summer, Daniil Medvedev is rubbing shoulders with some of the best players tennis has ever seen. Medvedev’s opponent is likely to be a player of similar or even greater stature than Sampras and Connors, Rafael Nadal, so it will be one tough task. Nadal was the player who downed Medvedev in the final in Canada. The 18-time grand slam winner meets Matteo Berrettini, like Medvedev a first-time grand slam semifinalist, later Friday.

US Open title defence ends as Djokovic departs to boos after retiring hurt

The Serbians title defence came to a halt when he retired from his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka due to a shoulder injury Novak Djokovic was cruelly booed off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium after a sore left shoulder forced his stunning retirement from Sunday nights fourth-round match with Stan Wawrinka at the US Open. The top seed and defending champion was trailing 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 after being comprehensively outplayed by the 23rd-seeded Wawrinka when he informed his opponent then chair umpire Nico Helwerth he could no longer continue, prompting a cascade of jeers from the nearly full 23,771-seat arena and leaving the world No 1 to raise a thumbs-up to the gallery as he hauled his equipment bags …

Naomi Osaka ends Coco Gauff’s US Open fairytale

The defending champion cruised into the fourth round with a comprehensive victory over her teenage opponent. On an emotional Saturday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Naomi Osaka showed that she is not going to relinquish her US Open title easily. The world number one outclassed Coco Gauff 6-3 6-0 to reach the fourth round in just 65 minutes. I was just happy throughout this entire match. I think I kept a very high level of focus, said Osaka afterwards. I honestly think its been since the Australian Open finals that I was that focused and I was fighting that hard for every point. Across the grounds of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon, even as Rafael Nadal …

Daniil Medvedev wins again, trolls again at the US Open

(CNN)Daniil Medvedev appears to be relishing the role of US Open villain. He went on to point his arms skyward, gesturing for more from the fans. Medvedev, who was seen wearing kinesio tape on his arm, shoulder and legs during the match, said to the crowd, “I was painful in my abductor before the match. I thought I’m not going to play. I was painful in my shoulder. I took as much painkillers as I could. And you guys, being against me, you gave me so much energy to win. Thank you.” The crowd continued to jeer. “Guys, continue to give me this energy,” Medvedev said. “You’re the best.” Medvedev next will face No. 23 seed Stan Wawrinka — who …

Stan Wawrinka shocks Novak Djokovic to advance to US Open quarterfinals after world No. 1 retires

(CNN)In an era where men’s tennis has been dominated by the “Big 3” of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka can at times be a forgotten man. Djokovic, who has been battling a left shoulder injury, elected to retire in the third set when Wawrinka was leading by a break, eliciting boos from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. “It’s never the way you want to finish a match,” Wawrinka said on court. “I’m really sorry for Novak. He’s a good friend. He’s an amazing champion. We’ve played some amazing battles all my career. I feel sorry for him. I want to keep my level (from) tonight. I think I was playing super good tennis. I am happy …

Coco Gauff sets up clash with defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka

American sensation Coco Gauff made it through a stiff test from Hungarys Tmea Babos to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Cocomania is taking further hold of the US Open as it steers into Labor Day weekend and there is no telling how bright the fireworks will get. American sensation Coco Gauff made it through a stiff test from Hungarys Tmea Babos to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Thursday night before a rollicking crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium that hung on every point. In doing so, she became the youngest player to make it past the second round at Flushing Meadows since Anna Kournikova in 1996 and set the stage for her biggest challenge yet. The 15-year-old ingenue from Florida moved through …

US Open bow will test Coco Guaffs confidence amid cautionary tales

Coco Gauffss star quality and self-assurance bode well for her US Open debut but the demands of the modern game still require careful handling A few weeks after Coco Gauffs scenestealing run to the fourth round of Wimbledon, the 15-yearold made her next move. Gauff was announced as a participant in the Citi Open in Washington DC but the announcement came with a caveat her ranking was too low and the WTAs age eligibility rules meant she was unable to receive another wildcard, so her participation in the competition was in doubt. She would head to the capital to host fan activities and to showcase her best at practice sessions. The hope was that enough players would withdraw at the …

US Open form guide: Djokovic favourite but Daniil Medvedev could threaten | Jacob Steinberg

Daniil Medvedev looks best placed to challenge the big three at Flushing Meadows after beating the world No 1, Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati Novak Djokovic The defending champion has played only one tournament since Cincinnati semi-final to Daniil Medvedev will be a concern for the world No 1. Only a slight one, however, given how Djokovic has developed the knack of raising his game in the biggest moments this year, as he demonstrated by saving two championship points before outlasting Roger Federer in the longest Wimbledon final of all time last month. He heads to Flushing Meadows as the undisputed favourite. Rafael Nadal Another chance for the Spaniard to close in on Federers record of 20 grand slam titles. He …