Serena Williams reacts to US Open final defeat to Bianca Andreescu

Williams is a big fan of Andreescus (Picture: /AFP/Getty Images)

Serena Williams was gracious in defeat as she praised Bianca Andreescu in her runners-up interview after her US Open final defeat, saying she would want the Canadian teenager to win the title most out of anyone outside of her own family.

Andreescu was far the better player on the day – with Williams struggling behind her serve – but she staved off a late fightback from the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who started thriving under intense support from a deafening Arthur Ashe crowd.

However, a final break at the death saw Andreescu get over the line. Williams embraced Andreescu warmly after the final point was over and was highly complimentary of her opponent following her 6-3 7-5 win in her post-match speech.

Thank you guys so much, it means a lot to me, she said after receiving a rapturous applause. You guys have been so amazing for the two weeks I was here so thank you so much.

Bianca Andreescu holds her US Open title aloft
Bianca Andreescu was a deserving winner (Picture: Getty)

Yeah, I was just fighting and at that point trying to stay out there a little bit longer. Honestly the fans just started chanting so hard, it just made me you know… I was grateful for that.

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Bianca played an unbelievable match. Congratulations. So proud for you. It was incredible tennis out there. I wish I could have played better but if anyone could win it – outside of Venus – Im happy.

I feel really honoured to be out here. Im so proud Im still out here competing at this level, its not easy.

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Andreescu – Canadas first major winner in singles – was left speechless following her maiden Grand Slam triumph.

Its so hard to explain in words. Im beyond grateful and really blessed, the 19-year-old said. Ive worked so forRead More – Source