The damning reality of Serena Williams' failed record quest

  • The damning reality of Serena Williams' failed record quest

The damning reality of Serena Williams' failed record quest

Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam titles remains safe after Serena Williams lost the US Open final to Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu. "I guess these visualisations really, really work". "Bianca played a wonderful match". "At the same time it's inexcusable for me to play at that level". Serena double faulted to hand Andreescu a winning first set that she'd dominated with spin serves fans are used to seeing from Williams and aggressive returns.

For a country that produces numerous world's best ice hockey players with regularity, having a Grand Slam singles champion to call their own is new territory.

"I think being on the court is nearly a little bit more relaxing than hanging out with a 2-year-old that's dragging you everywhere", Williams told USA Today after a commanding semifinals performance against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina on Thursday. "I believe I could have just been more Serena today", Williams said. I honestly don't think Serena showed up.

The US$3.85 million she earned with Saturday's victory was more than she had envisioned back then, though.

And she's struggling to find answers for bad performances in the biggest matches.

"Like I said many times, if I can do it, if Serena can do it, if Roger can do it, if Steve Nash can do it, then anyone can do it".

"It's inexcusable for me to play at that level".

"I would get really down on myself and I would get very negative thoughts going through my mind", she said.

The second set looked similar to the first one, with Williams being broken in her first service game. I'm not necessarily chasing a record.

"I definitely did better than I did against Halep". "But I think that's what I've been doing really well throughout this whole year".

Williams' only flicker of an opening in the match - a 23-minute stretch between Andreescu's first and second championship points - saw the crowd get involved, backing the American star. You got to play better. "I told myself to put the goddamn ball inside the court and just breathe as much as I could".

At the changeover at 6-5, Andreescu composed herself in the chair before holding her nerve to fashion two more match points and belting the second past the six-time champion for a remarkable victory.

Williams had lost acrimoniously at the same stage here a year ago to Naomi Osaka, as well as in the last two Wimbledon finals, to leave her still tantalisingly one title short of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors.

Canada has had close Grand Slam calls in recent years with Eugenie Bouchard finishing runner-up at Wimbledon in 2014 and Milos Raonic losing the 2016 final in London but Andreescu's run has captivated the country like tennis has never done before.