Nineteen-year-old Andreescu holds nerve to stun Williams and land US Open crown

US Open Tennis Tournament 2019

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu denied Serena Williams a historic US Open victory in a stunning upset at Flushing Meadows watched by Serena's friend Meghan Markle.

Williams was widely expected to brush aside 19-year-old Andreescu, playing in her first grand slam final, to bring up her record-equalling 24th major title.

But, for the fourth time of asking since she returned to the sport after giving birth, Williams fell at the final hurdle, Andreescu shocking a packed and partisan Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-3 7-5 win.

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Serenas mother Oracene Price look on after Serena Williams tost to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Serena's mother Oracene Price look on after Serena Williams lost to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watching Serena Williams of the United States losing to Bianca Andreescu of Canada in her team box with Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams and Oracene Price. mother of Serena Williams in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)"n
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Anna Wintour, Venus Williams, coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alexis Ohanian, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, cheer for Serena Williams of the United States during her Women's Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Alexis Ohanian, entrepreneur and husband of Serena Williams, embraces Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, before the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan (R), Duchess of Sussex, and Anna Wintour (L) attend the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends the Women's Singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and Serena's mother Oracene Price look on after Serena Williams lost to Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US reacts to a point during her match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during their women's singles finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 7, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada (R) and Serena Williams of the US (L) react during the awards ceremony after their women's singles finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 7, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada reacts as she wins against Serena Williams of the US during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Bianca Andreescu of Canada with the winners trophy after her victory against Serena Williams of the United States in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates a point during her Women's Singles finals match against Serena Williams of trhe United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)
2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Thirteen. Bianca Andreescu of Canada hugs her coach Sylvain Bruneau after her victory against Serena Williams of the United States in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7th, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US after reacts after loosing against Bianca Andreescu of Canadaduring the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with the trophy after she won against Serena Williams of the US after the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu of Canada celebrates winning the Women's Singles final match against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with her trophy after she won against Serena Williams of the US after the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Bianca Andreescu (R) of Canada is congratulated on her win by Serena Williams (R) of the United States during the trophy presentation ceremony after the Women's Singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States looks on after being defeated during her Women's Singles final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 07, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Williams had lost acrimoniously at the same stage here last year to Naomi Osaka, as well as in the last two Wimbledon finals, as she desperately attempts to match Margaret Court's all-time record.

The American's footwork, and her first serve, deserted her for most of the match until, at 5-1 down in the second set and facing championship point, she mounted an unlikely comeback.

But Andreescu, who was not even born when Williams won her first US Open title in 1999, stood up to her illustrious opponent and held her nerve for a famous win.

The youngster has enjoyed a rapid rise, climbing from 208 in the world this time last year, when she lost in qualifying, to a projected place in the top five.

Andreescu is now the first Canadian grand slam champion and the first woman to win here on their main draw debut.

With her Duchess of Sussex, watching with her mother, husband and coach, Williams began well enough with an ace, but successive double faults at deuce gave Andreescu a break in the opening game.

A fierce exchange of volleys at the net was won by Williams and seemed to wake her up as she got on the board for 2-1.

But, by the time the score reached 4-2, Andreescu was the one cranking up the pressure and, as one winner flashed past, Williams turned to her box, swinging her racket in frustration.

Williams somehow survived five break points and in the next game forced one of her own.

Andreescu wriggled out of that with an ace and then promptly broke to close out the opening set before racing into a 2-0 lead in the second.

Williams got back on serve, though, needing four break points and a lucky net chord to finally lay a glove on her opponent.

Even that did not faze Andreescu, who pounced on more misfiring serves and broke straight back.

Leading 5-1 and with the finishing line in sight Adreescu understandably tightened, Williams saving a championship point before twice breaking back as the crowd volume increased to ear-splitting levels.

At 5-5 Andreescu managed a gutsy hold and then brought up two more championship points, seizing her chance with the second of them, a clubbing forehand winner for a remarkable victory.

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