She powered her way through
Since the start of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells back in early March, Andreescu has lost just one match – and that was only half a match. She won Indian Wells, moved on to Miami nursing a sore shoulder and then pulled out of her fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit with that shoulder problem. Coming back for Roland Garros, Andreescu won her opening match and then pulled out of the tournament before the second round.
When she was finally fit enough to return, she powered her way through the draw to win the title in Toronto and then marched on New York. The rest, as they say is history.
The only upside for Serena is that this was the best she has played in a major final since she returned from maternity leave. This was the fittest she has been since giving birth to Olympia, and this was the best she had moved since her return. That bodes well for the future. And against another opponent, it may have been enough to win, but not against Andreescu, not against her mini-me.
“I felt like Bianca plays well under pressure,” Serena said. “She played really well at Indian Wells. She was definitely not a favourite there, but she goes out and she plays hard. She does what she does best, and that's move up to the ball, that's hit winners, that's play with a ton of intensity.”