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Fearless Bianca Andreescu Stuns Williams To Win Historic US Open Title

The tennis sensation produced a ruthless display to become the first ever Canadian woman in the Open Era to win a grand slam title.

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Bianca Andreescu has continued Serena Williams’ recent trend of heartbreaks in major finals as she roared to a 6-3, 7-5, win over the lacklustre American to clinch the US Open title.

The world No.15, who had previously never gone beyond the second round of a major tournament until this year’s New York event, showed no signs of intimidation throughout the 99-minute encounter. Despite playing in the biggest final of her career against one of the all-time greats. Andreescu hit 18 winners to 17 unforced errors, compared to Williams’ tally of 33 and 33. Overall, she won eight more points than her opponent in the final.

 

“It’s so hard to explain in words, but I’m just beyond grateful and truly blessed. I’ve worked really, really hard for this moment.” Andreescu said during the trophy ceremony.
“This year has been a dream come true and being able to play on this stage against Serena, a true legend of this sport, is amazing.”

The clash on the Arthur Ashe Stadium was one between a tour veteran and a teenage rising star. 23-time grand slam champion Williams is more than 18 years older than her rival. Making it the largest ever age gap between two grand slam finalists in the Open Era. Despite the disparity in experience, it was the 19-year-old Andreescu who dominated from the onset with a combination of her fearless play and tactic of hitting numerous body serves. The Canadian got her first breakthrough in the opening game after a Williams double fault handed her an early break. In the driving seat, Andreescu managed to maintain her stronghold. Silencing the usually animated New York crowd.

Williams continued to fight hard with glimpses of her best tennis. Best illustrated by a 10-minute service game where she saved five break points. However, she was constantly on her back footing against some sublime play coming from across the court. Unfortunately for Williams, the set ended like the first game of the match with a double fault to send Andreescu nearer to the title.

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The clinical start to the encounter by the 15th seed scrambled Williams’ mind as her error tally continued to hurt her. Within the blink of an eye, Andreescu moved to a set and 2-0 up after dismantling the former world No.1s service game yet again by breaking to love.

Eventually, Williams managed to break back, but she failed to gain any momentum. Cries of frustration started to erupt on the court as the American made some baffling shots. As she began to fall apart on the court, Andreescu stuck to her game plan and refused to be overwhelmed by the occasion.

Leading 6-2, 5-1, Andreescu looked set for a comprehensive victory. However, Williams refused to back down as she staged a remarkable resurgence. Saving a match point with a clean forehand return, she managed to turn her fortunes around by claiming four games in a row.

“I just tried to fight at that point, tried to stay out there (on court) for a little bit longer.” Said Williams. “Honestly, the fans started cheering so hard it made me play a little bit better and fight a little bit more.”

Facing a new dimension in the match, Andreescu found herself contending with a very different player compared to that at the start of the final. Still, she continued to weather the storm. 23 minutes after losing her first match point, she worked herself to another two after a Williams backhand drifted wide. Eventually, the victory was sealed after a tentative Williams serve was punished with a Andreescu forehand winner. Giving her the title as Canada’s first singles grand slam champion.

“Obviously it was expected for Serena to fight back. She’s done that so many times in the past.That’s why she is a true champion on and off the court.” Andreescu reflected.
“I just tried to block everything out. The last game wasn’t easy. She started serving well better too, the balls were flying everywhere. I’m just glad with how I managed (the situation) really.”

It is now the fourth time Williams has lost in the final of a grand slam since becoming a mother. Her previous losses were to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon 2018, Naomi Osaka in their infamous clash at the US Open last year and Simona Halep at Wimbledon a couple of months ago. Ensuring that Margaret Court’s all-time grand slam record remains solely hers until at least 2020.

“Bianca played an unbelievable match. I’m so proud and happy for you.” The former champion stated. “There was some incredible tennis, but I wished I could have played a bit better.”

Andreescu is now eight out of eight against top 10 players on the tour this season. Her triumph at Flushing Meadows follows up on titles won at the Rogers Cup and in Indian Wells. She will rise to fifth in the world rankings on Monday in what will be her top 10 debut.

“I tried to prepare my best like I do with every other match. I try to  step onto the court and not focus on who I’m playing. I’m really proud with how I have dealt with everything.“ She concluded.

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US Open Taking A Big Risk If Tournament Goes Ahead, Warns Former Top 10 Player

Will the USTA be able to defy the odds and stage the North American grand slam as planned?

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The prospect of the US Open going ahead as planned could potentially lead to ‘scandal’ occurring in the sport, according to a two-time quarter-finalist of the tournament.

 

Janko Tipsarevic says a ‘big question mark’ is looming over the grand slam and its intention to host the event from the last week of August. New York state, which is where the US Open takes place, is at the centre of the covid-19 outbreak in America. As of Saturday morning official figures put the number of cases at 113,700. The Billie Jean Tennis Center has recently been turned into a 350-bed facility to help cope with the outbreak.

“I wouldn’t still rule out the possibility of seeing a tennis ball being hit for the rest of 2020 but I consider the US Open a big question mark,” Tipsarevic told Sport Klub.
“I think the United States will be the hardest hit country by the coronavirus pandemic and it will be extremely hard to get the situation under control before the end of August, when the US Open is scheduled to start.”

Nevertheless, the United States Tennis Association is still not giving up their hope of staging the event as scheduled unlike other majors. The French Open has suspended their tournament to the last week of September in a hope they can still host the event this year. However, Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since 1945.

There are also questions as to how much time it will take to make the facility safe for the public after being used to treat those with the virus. The facility being used to treat those affected is the indoor training centre and not the premier Arthur Ashe stadium or other courts. Danny Zausner, who is the chief operating officer of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, insists there will minimal risk to the public should the US Open get underway in the summer.

“I can assure you that by the time people leave these two entities—and obviously we hope that’s sooner rather than later—that they will be cleaner and more meticulous than when they opened. Obviously, we’re not going to be bringing the public into these spaces until everyone is out.” Zausner told tennis.com.

Despite the reassurances, Tipsarevic still believes that the legal risk involving the tournament could be too high. Making a reference to Eugenie Bouchard, who onced sued the USTA after slipping over in the locker room and suffering a concussion.

“You probably remember when Eugenie Bouchard fell in the locker room a couple of years ago, sued the US Open, won the case and got compensated a few million dollars.” He said.
“Can you imagine a situation in which the tournament organizers decide to proceed with the US Open and a player contracts the coronavirus and has serious consequences. Just imagine that scandal.”

Out of the four grand slams, the US Open was the only one to take place during the first and second world wars.

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Wimbledon Announces Cancellation As Coronavirus Continues To Affect Tennis Calendar

For the first time since World War Two, Wimbledon has been cancelled.

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Wimbledon has announced it has cancelled this year’s tournament due to health fears over the coronavirus. 

 

This is the first time since world war two that the famous grass-court tournament at SW19 has been cancelled as the coronavirus continues to impact the tennis calendar.

In a statement, Wimbledon confirmed that the next edition of the tournament will occur in 2021, “It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” they said on their website.

“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021. Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.

“Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.”

Speaking on the decision, All-England Club chairman Ian Hewitt admitted that health and public safety was more important than tennis right now, “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.”

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.”

As a result of today’s announcement, all grass-court tournaments in England and abroad have been cancelled as there will be no tennis until the 13th of July at the earliest.

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Wimbledon Cancelled And Roland Garros Punished For Its Decision

German Tennis Federation vice-president Dirk Hordoff confirms Wimbledon will not take place in 2020. The decision by the FFT to postpone Paris will not stand: the other organizations are committed to fight. FFT’s president Giudicelli may have overplayed his hand

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A bombshell interview by French sports newspaper l’Equipe to the Vice-President of the German Tennis Federation Dirk Hordoff has released some new details about the discussions taking place behind the scenes among top tennis executive to try and sort out the chaos created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

According to Hordoff, the grass-court season will be a write-off in 2020, with all tournaments waiting for Wimbledon to announce the cancelation of the tournament next Wednesday to make their decision official. “It’s the only decision that makes sense,” said the German executive “it is possible to play on clay later in the year, but it is not possible to have tournaments on grass in October, you can’t play on grass when it is moist”.

But the juiciest bits of the interview described with an abundance of details the reactions to the French Federation’s decision to unilaterally postpone the Roland Garros to late September (20 September – 4 October) without waiting to reach a consensus among the ATP, the WTA and the other Grand Slam tournament. “This is not the French way of doing things, it’s Bernard Giudicelli’s way of doing things”, said Hordoff. The FFT President Giudicelli reportedly forced the decision upon the other tournaments, uploading the press release to announce the decision while he was on a conference call with other tennis executives. “I believe he panicked because of the elections coming up [in February 2021] and wanted to score some points on his opponent” reported Hordoff. His decision to also cancel the qualifying tournament was intended to be a “biscuit” for the ITF President David Haggerty, since it would make the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November even more financially attractive to all the players who did not have the opportunity to earn money with the Roland Garros qualifying tournament. “He hoped to have the ITF on his side, but now he is alone against the rest of the world,” said Hordoff, adding that the ATP is threatening to remove the ranking points assigned to Roland Garros for both 2020 and 2021.

One manager at the FFT allegedly told Hordoff: “This decision will be his Waterloo”, alluding to Giudicelli’s birth region of Corsica, the island in the Mediterranean that also was Napoleon’s birthplace.

The idea for the remainder of the season would be to have Roland Garros some time between September and October, depending on when it is possible to start playing again and have a short clay-court season before then. The situation in New York is quite dire at the moment, so the US Open is still a question mark for the time being, explained Hordoff. “But the most important thing right now is people’s health. I believe that until we have a vaccine or a cure it will be difficult to start again. Can you imagine all the people travelling from tournament to tournament, all the players, the fans, the coaches, the physios, the referees? There are more important things than tennis to think about”.

“Financially tennis will be all right – concluded Hordoff – I don’t see any of the Top 100 having problems to survive even without tennis. Of course, there may be some sponsors that will pull back their support to some tournaments, but tennis will survive. It will be different, but it will survive”.

Correction: In previous versions of the article, Dirk Hordoff was being identified as the President of the German Tennis Federation. His position has now been corrected.

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