Four consecutive Grand Slam finals defeat and the wait continues for Serena Williams. Bookmarkers, pundits, and die-hard fans all around the world ran out of adjectives to qualify what went down at the US Open final on Saturday – a 6-3 7-5 defeat in the hands of 19 year old Canadian, Bianca Andreescu.
The wait for the elusive record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title continues, and the disappointment stretches back to 2018 since hitting the court after maternity leave, in fact the American has not won a set in those finals.
She lost 6-3 6-3 to Angeligue Kerber at the 2018 Wimbledon final, it was Naomi Osaka who took advantage of Serena’s emotions, as she lost 6-2 6-4 to the Japanese at the 2018 Us Open, the latest was at this year Wimbledon were she was beaten by Halep as it ended 6-2 6-2 in straight sets.
On Saturday the question was, can the American finally banish the pressure of equaling Margaret Court’s haul of 24 Grand slam titles? The answer, an emphatic No!
Bianca Andreescu had other ideas as she played with the confidence which has marked her out as a star in an impressive breakthrough year.
She becomes the first Canadian to win a tennis major and the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova claimed the 2006 title at Flushing Meadows.
The respect for Serena Williams was thrown out of the window, the atmosphere at the partisan Arthur Ashe Stadium was shutout by the ruthless Bianca, who had too much energy and held her nerves to do the unthinkable against her idol.
From Africa to Asia, South America to Europe, Serena Williams left so many disappointed including Duchess Meghan, Tiger Woods and husband, Ohanian who cheered from the stands.
Tiger Woods and Duchess Meghan cheer on
Ohanian cheers on wife, Serena Williams
After also losing last year’s Wimbledon final and a controversial US Open final against Naomi Osaka 12 months ago, this latest defeat inevitably leads to more questions about why she cannot get over the line.
With time seemingly running out for the six-time 23-time Grand Slam champion, who turns 38 this month, it makes one wonder how many more chances she will have to earn her place as the greatest ever, at least in numerical terms.
She was indeed so close and yet so far!