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Sept. 7, 2019, 4:16 p.m. EDT

Serena aims to match Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record at U.S. Open

19-year-old Bianca Andreescu aims to play spoiler

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By Tom Perrotta


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Serena Williams goes for history

Everyone believes this is finally the moment for Serena Williams to win her record-tying 24th major title.

Williams has lost in her last three major finals, most recently at Wimbledon this summer. But heading into today’s U.S. Open final against Bianca Andreescu, Williams, 37 years old, is healthy. She’s not tired or slow, like she was for much of the season. And even when she’s not playing as well as she can, she’s impressive, as she was when she thumped Elina Svitolina, No. 5 in the world, on Thursday evening.

“It definitely wasn’t my best tennis,” Williams said.

Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams’s long-time coach, said her victory is a lock against Andreescu, who will be playing her first Grand Slam final.

“Bianca is going to win Grand Slams,” Mouratoglou said. “For me, it’s sure. But she will have to wait for the first one. She has never faced someone like Serena in her life. Not yet.”

An expanded versions of this article appears at WSJ.com

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