New York (USA) | Jagran Sports Desk: Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu on Saturday stunned Serena Williams and won her maiden Grand Slam title. The 19-year-old Andreescu became the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.

Andreescu took charge early in the U.S. Open final, going up by a set and two breaks, then held off a late charge by Williams to win 6-3, 7-5 for the championship Saturday night.

“Last year wasn’t an easy period in my life, I was going through a lot with injuries,” said Andreescu.

“I just kept believing in myself I kept working hard and I just kept that momentum and confidence,” she said.

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Despite having never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam, Andreescu arrived at Flushing Meadows with many expecting big things from her.

“You’re never going to have ups all the time,” said Andreescu after the match.

“So I think in those moments, you just have to deal with it the best that you can, which is to just keep fighting for your dreams and just stay as persistent and persevere as much as you can,” she said.

“I think it builds you as a character.”

Dropping only two sets in the entire tournament, the tenacious, power-hitting Andreescu barreled through the competition at Flushing Meadows, showing no sign of a slowdown from a blockbuster summer that included wins at Toronto and Indian Wells.

“I don’t think I’ve lost a match since March, so my confidence is sky-rocketing right now,” Andreescu told reporters. “I just don’t want to take anything for granted because there’s going to be weeks where you’re going to lose. So right now I’m just on cloud nine,” she added.

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Her surge into the game’s elite culminated on Saturday with a 6-3 7-5 victory over 23-times Grand Slam singles champion Williams.

And the upstart said she is not planning on slowing down any time soon.

“I love this feeling way too much,” Andreescu said in a televised interview after the match, as her loyal Canadian fanbase cheered behind her on the plaza outside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

(With Reuters inputs)

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