After winning the semifinal at the US Open and getting a ticket for her maiden Grand Slam final, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu said it is a moment she had always “dreamt of”.
Andreescu, the No 15 seed, reached her maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open on Thursday night with a gritty 7-6(3), 7-5 victory over No 13 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Andreescu never held a break point in the first set, but won it in a tiebreak after saving all six break points against her, including one set point. The Canadian then fought back from a double-break down in the second set to reel off the last five games of the clash and claim victory after two hours and 12 minutes of play.
It is to note that the rising star becomes the second Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final, following Eugenie Bouchard’s run to the Wimbledon final in 2014.
“I’ve always dreamt of this moment ever since I was a little kid,” Andreescu said, in her post-match press conference. “But I don’t think many people would have actually thought that it would become a reality.”
“I just kept believing in myself,” Andreescu continued. “But I think that moment after the match [point won], I was just in shock. At the same time, I fought really hard to get to this point, so I really think I deserve to be in the finals on Saturday.”
Andreescu will now take on No 8 seed and six-time US Open titlist Serena Williams in Saturday’s championship match, after Williams dispatched No 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in straight sets in the earlier semifinal on Thursday night.