US Open Final Prediction: Serena Williams vs Bianca Andreescu

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We are up to the women’s US Open final. Will Serena Williams finally take home Grand Slam #24? Can Bianca Andreescu become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title? History is on the line in New York on Saturday. Who will win? We offer you our thoughts on the match. Predicting this match are Tracey Essex, Steen Kirby, Eric Han and Jim Smith,

US Open Final Prediction

Serena Williams vs Bianca Andreescu

Tracey:
Serena Williams seems to improve with every match played. It’s been a remarkable, focused performance from the American superstar. In what should have been a battle, Serena dismantled Elina Svitolina, losing just four games en route to her semifinal win. Serena played with precision and power winning 86% of her first serves in play. And, she backed that up winning 63% of her second service points. The #8 seed offered few free points, keeping unforced errors to a minimum and but one double fault.

Bianca Andreescu will certainly have her work cut out for her. In a see-saw semifinal against Belinda Bencic, Andreescu’s seven aces were offset by her nine double faults. But, the Canadian superstar commanded in the biggest moments. The teen simply finds a way to win, and there are few players who can match Andreescu’s powerful return of serve. This should be an absolute battle with the win crafted by the better play at the critical junctures. If Serena can remain clam and forget that she’s trying for the elusive 24th Slam title, she’ll be holding it at the end.
Prediction: Williams in 3

Steen:
We’ve seen this story before: Serena Williams facing an upstart youngster with history on the line. Last year it was Naomi Osaka in an upset; this time Bianca Andreescu will attempt to pull off the same feat. The young Canadian is certainly capable, but this is her first Slam final and Serena is seeking a 7th US Open. Andreescu has much promise but I can’t go against Serena here.
Prediction: Williams in 2

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Eric:
It should be a close match between the two. But Serena has been playing so well and will want this win badly. I think the pressure will get to the young Canadian in the final, but a three-setter is possible. Should be a close one, but Serena will eventually prevail and create history.
Prediction: Williams in 3

Jim:
This is a really difficult match to call. On paper Williams should be the favorite, but she has failed to live up to expectations in her last three Grand Slam finals. Andreescu, meanwhile, has never competed in a match of this magnitude before. This could well be a thriller, but if Williams can keep her composure, she should have enough to get across the line. Just.
Prediction: Williams in 3

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, Serena has the best run so far and is in a commanding position.

    But, all of you guys forgot one thing – with whom did Serena struggle at this open so far? It was a 17-year-old teenager.

    Bianca will not be in awe of Serena, just like Naomi wasn’t since it was her first grand slam.

    She will give a bigger fight than any of Serena’s opponent had given so far and will be much more in control than Serena.

    It will be Bianca all the way!

  2. Andreescu seem to be able to find a way out for herself in difficult moments midway through her game. I think an upset is in the cards for this one if Andreescu can keep her unforced errors in check. Serena to win the first set and Bianca to fight back for a 2-1 win.

  3. I tend to agree wholeheartedly. Either way these two players are meeting in the finals for the second time which proves the first at the Canadian Open wasn’t a fluke and secondly that they are presently the two best players in the world. The ranking system is not reflecting true form and the accrued points need to be adjusted by the win-loss percentage to bring current form into account.This anomaly is obvious from the fact that from the top 10 only Svitolina made it to the latter stages, other than Serena herself. Andreescu, of course, is in a class of her own. She is the epitome of a champion, complete with ability, mental toughness, will to win with a never say die attitude and the courage to dig herself out of a hole. Win or lose against Serena, she is the best thing to happen to the WTA this year. I am looking forward to the crowning of the real women’s champion, totally disregarding what the rankings say.

  4. Bianca is not an easy opponent. She has to keep her unforced errors as low as possible to beat Serena in a big stage like this. I think Indian Wells has taught her how to deal with pressure. The best thing is that she finds her way to somehow arise when it matters the most. Having said all these i still feel Serena is in the best of her form. The way she played the QF and SF makes me feel that she will have an upper hand in the final. Serena will win in a thriller but i wish the 19 year old finds a magical path to prove everyone’s predictions wrong.

  5. I have taken the present ranking points and simply multiplied them by the the win- loss percentage for 2019 from Tennis Abstract and applied it to WTA rankings 8 to 16.
    I was not surprised Bianca shot up to number 9 position behind Serena at 8, followed by Keys, Bencic, Konta, Sevastova, Stephens, Kerber, Sabalanka and Wang Q.
    This definitely puts a current performance perspective to the points system and gives a better indication of how the player is likely to perform presently. Most of them performed, true to this adjusted ranking form here, although Wang did better than indicated. This may mean she is a likely future star in the making. It also brought consistent Kenin to number16 position from 20 and her round 3 exit here justified it. Another future star in the making.
    The adjusted rankings also indicated that Sevastova, Stephens, Kerber and Sabalanka will perform under par, as they have no recent form, and this did happen.
    Under the present ranking system Serena is on 3935 points and Bianca on 2837. When you multiply them by their respective win-loss percentages they become 2982 and 2482 and adjusted rankings 8 and 9 respectively.
    This means that Bianca, really, is only one rank below Serena, based on their performance this year and well within striking distance. She, therefore, can well cause and upset without raising too many eyebrows.
    We’ll know the outcome soon enough.

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