There was high praise for Bianca Andreescu from tennis great Serena Williams ahead of their US Open women’s final clash.
It has been a fairytale year for Andreescu as the teenager secured her maiden WTA Tour career trophy when she won the Indian Wells title in March and then followed it up with the Canadian Open a few months later.
Now she is in her maiden Grand Slam final after beating Belinda Bencic 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in the semi-final of the US Open.
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What makes her final appearance even more special is the fact that she is playing in the main draw at Flushing Meadows for the first time as she lost in qualifying last year.
Twenty-three times Grand Slam winner Williams is certainly impressed, but not just by her game.
“She really knows how to mix up the game and play different shots in different ways. Above all, I just like her as a person. She’s amazing,” the American said.
She added: “Like I said, she’s a great player. She mixes things up. You never know what is going to come from her.
“She does everything else. She serves well, moves well, has a ton of power. She’s very exciting to watch. It’s good. I think it’s great for women’s tennis.”
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