NEW YORK (Reuters) – A clash of generations will decide the U.S. Open on Saturday with Serena Williams taking a fourth crack at Grand Slam history against teenager Bianca Andreescu, who was not even born when the American lifted her first Flushing Meadows trophy.
One short of equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 singles Grand Slam titles, Williams will be hoping that the fourth time is the charm after three agonizing near misses since returning to action following the birth of her first child.
Already the oldest Grand Slam finalist in the Open era, Williams will celebrate her 38th birthday in three weeks while her 19-year-old Canadian opponent will not be able to celebrate a victory with a drink at New York City bar for two more years.
“It is just surreal I don’t know what to say it is a dream come true to play Serena in the finals of the U.S. Open,” said Andreescu following her 7-6(3) 7-5 semi-final win over Swiss Belinda Bencic on Thursday. “It’s crazy.”
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