Canadians are beaming with pride at Bianca Andreescu’s win at the U.S. Open on Saturday after the 19-year-old Mississauga native beat tennis icon Serena Williams in a decisive 6-3, 7-5 win.
For Williams, however, the loss comes as a major blow, and 23-time Grand Slam winner admitted she was simply off her game during her match against Adreescu, which she described to reporters as her “worst” in the entire tournament.
“I love Bianca, I think she’s a great girl, but I think this is the worst match I’ve played all tournament. And it’s hard to know that you could do better,” said Williams, 37, as reported by People. “It’s inexcusable for me to play at that level.”
In fact, Williams admitted she’s having difficulty telling herself that “‘you did okay’ because I don’t think I did.”
Added Williams: “I could have just been more Serena today. I honestly don’t think Serena showed up and I have to figure out how to get her to show up.”
Asked by a reporter whether losing big matches, at this point in her career, had less meaning for her, Williams gave that particular reporter a side-eye that caused the entire room to burst into laughter.
“Absolutely not,” she said. “I’m not really happy but I have to take it one moment at a time. I honestly didn’t play my best today. I could have played better and that’s the only solace that I can take right now.”