The 2019 US Open final will be contested between Serena Williams on Bianca Andreescu after both players won their semi-final matches in straight sets. A bit late with this post as i’ve only just caught up with the matches. Selfishly not a fan of the night semi-finals as I cant survive a day at work on no sleep these days 😂. Read on for reviews of the semi-finals and a preview of Saturday’s final.
Match reviews 🎾
(8) Serena Williams d. (5) Elina Svitolina, 6-3 6-1
Serena advanced to her 33rd (!) Slam final with a superb display to defeat Elina Svitolina in straight sets. Serena dropped just four points behind her first serve and returned aggressively, putting Svitolina under pressure on her second serve. Serena opened up the court beautifully with delicious angles. The first two games were quite similar to Svitolina’s semi-final against Simona Halep at Wimbledon – both were longgg and Svitolina didn’t win either despite having game points. I thought Svitolina’s court positioning in the first set was very negative and it allowed Serena extra time on the ball to dominate and dictate proceedings.
(15) Bianca Andreescu d. (13) Belinda Bencic, 7-6(3) 7-5
Andreescu won her 12th consecutive match as she advanced to her first Slam final with a gritty display to beat Belinda Bencic in straights. Bencic was arguably the better player through much of the match but was unable to convert on her opportunities. Bencic missed a set point in the first set and was twice unable to serve out the second set at *5-2 and *5-4 as Andreescu reeled off five straight games to claim a historic win. I was so impressed with how Andreescu mixed in both variety and aggression at the end of the match, and totally backed herself in the pressure moments.
Tomorrow’s OOP ⭐
It was such a shame that Serena was forced to pull out of the Toronto final with a back injury so it’s kind of fitting that we should hopefully get to see this match-up play out in the US Open final. Of Serena’s post-baby Slam runs, I think this has been her most impressive run and playing Toronto was a smart move in simply getting more matches under her belt.
The semi-final win over Svitolina hasn’t convinced me in Serena’s favour because she absolutely tore through her previous semi-final opponents (Goerges 6-2 6-4, Sevastova 6-3 6-0 and Strycova 6-1 6-2) and then wasn’t able to replicate those performances in the finals. As well as Kerber, Osaka and Halep have played in recent finals, Serena has struggled to get her feet moving in all three. I thought she looked extremely nervous ahead of the Wimbledon final.
I think Serena will face another inspired opponent and I see Andreescu totally getting up for this final. What is most remarkable to me is that Andreescu was heavily tipped for this tournament and she’s delivered with all this hype and expectation swooshing around her. To reiterate again, Andreescu’s ability to find her best tennis in the big moments against the best players in the world is really special.
I am not going to pretend I have a clue who wins this one 😂😂😂. I went for Serena to win the last three finals she was in so I am definitely hesitant this time. You have to think if Serena keeps putting herself into these positions that it’s going to happen sooner rather than later. Normally I would urge on the side of caution with a player competing in their first Slam final but Andreescu has handled all these ventures into uncharted territory rather beautifully. I’m going on holiday tomorrow but hoping to find a way to watch the final 😊.