US Open final: I could’ve played better, says Williams

Serena Williams

New York, Sep 8 Serena Williams admitted she could have played better against teenager Bianca Andreescu who defied odds to beat her and win her maiden 2019 US Open 6-3, 7-5 in the final here.

Bianca Andreescu became Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion on Saturday with a rollercoaster win over 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the US Open final.Williams was guilty of erring a lot as she gifted points to Andreescu, including eight double-faults, three that came on break points, and made a total of 33 unforced errors.

The 19-year-old Andreescu became the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open while Williams was denied a record-equalling 24th Slam title .

“All of it honestly, truly is super frustrating. I’m, like, so close, so close, so close, yet so far away,” Williams said. “I don’t know what to say. I guess I’ve got to keep going if I want to be a professional tennis player. And I’ve just got to just keep fighting through it.”

“I believe I could have played better. I believe I could have done more. I believe I could have just been more Serena today,” said Williams, who turns 38 this month and was the oldest major finalist in the Open era.

“I feel like, in 20 years, I definitely will be like, ‘Wow, that wasn’t so bad’,” the 37-year-old Williams said, her words halting, her voice scratchy. “It’s very hard right now in the moment to, like, take this and say, ‘It didn’t work out for you today.’ It’s really hard right now to take that moment in and to say, ‘You did OK,’ because I don’t believe I did,” the 23 time Grand Slam winner said.

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