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US Open: Game, set, match… sorry?

With a 6-3, 7-5 victory, Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, captured her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows and denied Serena Williams her 24th. Her victory gave Canada its first Grand Slam singles title in a sport where Grand Slam tournament play began with Wimbledon in 1877.

In the raucous tournament she rode a wave of hostility, as the New York crowd applauded any of her unforced errors or missed shots. The boorishness was such that even the umpire had to caution the crowd, “please.” The chauvinist pressure of the massive crowd forced both Andrescu and Daniil Medvedev, the 23-year-old Russian finalist in the men’s side, to apologize. Continue reading

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Bianca v Serena

The greatest of all time and maybe the best of right now | Frank Gunn/Canadian Press

On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams will take the court at 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City for the U.S. Open women’s final. One way or the other, history will be made. Either Andreescu will become the first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, or Williams will match the all-time record for major titles.

Here’s what else you should know about one of the biggest matches in Canadian tennis history: Continue reading

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Why some Canadians are watching tennis

Bianca Andreescu, 19, is the first teenager to reach the semifinals of the women’s tournament since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009 | Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

On Wednesday night, 15th-seeded Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Canada celebrated her comeback 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Elise Mertens. Ms Andreescu was in disbelief. She’d never even played a main-draw match at the raucous U.S. Open until this year.

“A year ago, I was in the qualifying round. I remember I was suffering from a back injury, and now what I’ve accomplished this year, I’m honestly speechless,” she said. “I need someone to pinch me right now. Is this real life? Is this real life?”

Ms Andreescu will face the former teen prodigy Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 13th-seeded, in the semifinals of the tournament on Thursday night.

Until recently, Canada has had a deficit of tennis players who could meet global standards consistently. Only two Canadians have reached a Grand Slam singles final before: Genie Bouchard and Milos Raonic (at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2016, respectively). They both lost, and neither has won a tournament as big as the Rogers Cup — much less Indian Wells, both won by Ms Andreescu. Daniel Nestor won eight Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in doubles.

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Why I do not watch tennis on TV

Matteo Berrettini and Gaël Monfils traded haymakers for nearly four hours of exhausting tennis at the United States Open. The duel did not end until the 24th-seeded Berrettini won the 324th point of the match.

“What a great fight,” Berrettini said after the two competitors hugged in mutual appreciation. “I have to say congrats to Gaël.”

It’s the fourth time a man from Italy had advanced to the semifinal stage of a Grand Slam singles tournament in the Open Era

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Vasek Pospisil: Tennis needs change if it wants to restore fairness and transparency

The players are given the bare minimum of what the governing bodies feel will avoid a revolution or an extremely angry group of players, says Canada’s Vasek Pospisil | GLYN KIRK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

By VASEK POSPISIL*

It is a long, difficult trip to the top tier of pro tennis. It requires years of sacrifices from family, a dedication to the sport from an early age and it’s incredibly costly. And yet when players reach the top level, they are still denied some of the perks and advantages that should be incumbent upon reaching that plateau. Changes – specifically a greater share of revenue and a union to advocate for the players’ interest – are needed to restore fairness and transparency. Continue reading

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