Canada's Bianca Andreescu celebrates with the championship trophy after winning the US. Open women's singles final against Serena Williams on Saturday in New York City. Elsa (Getty Images)  

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Canada's Bianca Andreescu wins U.S. Open

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Canada's Bianca Andreescu wins the US. Women's OpenCanada's Bianca Andreescu wins the US. Women's OpenCANADA'S newest tennis sweetheart, Bianca Andreescu is the U.S. Open champion.


The Mississauga, Ont., teenager beat tennis superstar Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.

The 19-year old also showed her True North and Canadian spirit by apologizing to fans during the trophy presentation before a jam-packed crowed.

"I know you guys wanted Serena to win so I'm so sorry," she said on the court.

Bianca used her powerful forehand — and was helped by an uncharacteristically bad service game from the veteran Williams — for her third tournament win of the season, and biggest by far of her career, in her first U.S. Open main draw appearance.

Andreescu put her hands over her mouth in awe after the match when the on-court interviewer mentioned that she was the first Canadian to win a major.

"It's so hard to explain in words but I'm beyond grateful," Andreescu told him. "I worked really hard for this moment.

"This year has been a dream come true and being able to play on this stage against Serena, a true legend in this sport, is amazing."

Andreescu's father, teary-eyed in the crowd, was shown filming the post-match interview and trophy presentation on his cell phone.

While there was a loud applause from the crowd when Andreescu was introduced before the match, the ovation for Williams was deafening.

Andreescu said she had to fight off the crowd noise at times, especially when she saw her 5-1 lead evaporate in the second set.

Andreescu, who began the year ranked No. 152, headed into the U.S. Open after a stellar season that included her first two titles.

She has been one of the best Canadian sports stories of the year, garnering praise from the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, Steve Nash, and Kia Nurse. Even Billie Jean King, whose name adorns the tennis centre where the U.S. Open is played, has tweeted about Andreescu multiple times.

Andreescu was the first Canadian woman to play in a Grand Slam final since Eugenie Bouchard competed for the Wimbledon title in 2014.

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