Bianca Andreescu has stunned six-time US Open champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to claim her first grand slam title at Flushing Meadows.
An uncharacteristically sloppy display from 37-year-old Williams saw 19-year-old Andreescu break the American’s serve six times.
Williams briefly threatened a stirring comeback in the second set, winning 17 of 24 points to fight back from 5-1 down to draw level at 5-5.
But Andreescu held her nerve in the face of Williams’s onslaught and a cacophony of noise from the parochial Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd to break Williams a sixth time and collapse to the stadium floor in relief.
It was Williams’s fourth grand slam final defeat since she drew within one title of Margaret Court’s record of 24 singles championships.
Williams’s last grand slam victory came at the 2017 Australian Open before she suffering complications after giving birth to daughter Alexis.
More to come.