The 2019 U.S. Open is over and it proved to be one full of surprising upsets, rising superstars, and the same old storylines repeating themselves. The up-and-comers shined, the superstars fell, and some rose from the ashes to let the world know that they are here to stay for years to come. While lots of stories made headlines over the course of the event, these were the five biggest takeaways from the 2019 tournament.
Bianca Andreescu is a rising superstar
Bianca Andreescu has been making waves for about a year. Although she entered the tournament without a Grand Slam victory, she has performed well and brought down many of the biggest names in women’s tennis. After facing her idol, Serena Williams, in an anticlimactic final at the Rogers Cup in which Williams had to retire in the first set, she got her rematch in the finals of the Open.
At first, it looked like Andreescu had Serena’s number, but after a late push by Williams, it was looking as though the biggest name in women’s tennis was about to spark a comeback. Andreescu showed confidence and composure, however, and was able to shake off Williams in two sets. At only 19, it is looking as though women’s tennis could have another young superstar.
Men’s tennis remains in Nadal and Federer’s hands
Although Roger Federer was disappointed in his quarter-final loss to Grigor Dimitrov, Rafael Nadal’s finals victory over Daniil Medvedev showed that it is still a safe bet to think that any given major may go through one of them. While youth is currently all the rage in women’s tennis, Nadal and Federer have shown that they are too much for the younger generation to get through in Grand Slams.
The two men have shown that they can be defeated, but they have also shown an ability to rise back up without showing any signs of wear and tear after their downfalls. Until they show a prolonged fall, they should be penciled in as the main obstacles for any potential winners.
Serena wants number 24
Serena Williams hasn’t won a Grand Slam in nearly three years, but it doesn’t mean that her days of doing so are numbered. The Margaret Court record has been within her grasp several times since her 2017 victory over sister, Venus, but a combination of injuries, bad luck with officiating, and simple struggles have not allowed her to get it.
However, with Williams making four finals over the past two years, it shows that she is not a late-thirties washout, but a top-tier player who is looking to reclaim her crown at any time. Her days may be numbered due to age, but Serena will not stop until that record is hers. Her loss to Andreescu was not a sign of weakness, but a showing of her hunger going forward.
Jenson Brooksby is a breakout star
Although Brooksby only made it into the second round of the tournament, the teenage sensation showed enough to make headlines across the tennis world. His victory over Tomas Berdych showed that he is ready to hang with the professionals, and while he has to do more to show that he is here to stay, he appears to be trending in the right direction.
Brooksby had to compete just to get into the tournament, and he now has a choice to make regarding his future as he decides whether to honor his commitment to Baylor or go professional.
Coco Gauff is the real deal
Coco Gauff continues to dominate headlines as she rises in ranks at only 15 years old. Her match against reigning U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was, perhaps, the marquee match of the entire tournament.
Although Gauff would leave that match with a loss, she impressed even the most casual audiences with her composure and her talent that should only get better with age.
Gauff highlights a passing of the guard as Serena enters her final years and a new generation of superstar begins to tell their story.