NewsWhistle was live at the 2019 US Open tennis tournament, where players and fans experienced fourteen days of fun and forehands in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
This year’s competition ran from August 26th until September 8th.
Our update for Thursday, September 5, the Women’s Semifinals, is below.
DAY ELEVEN – 2019 US OPEN DIARY
THE SLAMMIN’ SUMMARY
Today was the women’s semifinals of the US Open.
In two quick sets, American eight-seed Serena Williams (pictured above) overwhelmed Ukranian fifth-seed Elina Svitolina. The score 3-6, 1-6.
Elina Svitolina on Serena Williams:
“I think she knows what she has to do. She has unbelievable strength. She gives lots of power. There’s lots of power behind her shots all the time. That’s what makes her unbelievable, legendary tennis player. On the important moments, she steps up, always steps up, always brings her best game.”
In two intense sets, Canadian fifteenth-seed Bianca Andreescu (pictured above) defeated Swiss thirteenth-seed Belinda Bencic. The score 7-6, 7-5.
With this win, Andreescu had become the second Canadian woman to ever reach the finals of a Grand Slam.
Moving On To The Finals – Serena Williams (USA) , and Bianca Andreescu (CAN) .
Eliminated From The Tournament – Elina Svitolina (UKR)  (Defeated by Serena Williams), and Belinda Bencic (SUI)  (Defeated by Bianca Andreescu).
A BIG-TIME QUOTE
19-year-old Bianca Andreescu (left) to ESPN after besting Belinda Bencic (right) in two sets:
“If someone told me a year ago that I’d be in the finals of the US Open this year, I’d tell them, ‘You’re crazy.'”
Actor Jason Biggs
Actress Audra McDonald
Actor Anupam Kher
Chef Geoffery Zakarian
TV host Andy Cohen
Actor Justin Bartha
Celebrities in attendance today include television host Andy Cohen, rapper Queen Latifah, actor Jason Biggs (pictured above), actor Justin Bartha (pictured above), director Spike Lee, actor Anupam Kher (pictured above), chef Geoffery Zakarian (pictured above), actress Audra McDonald (pictured above), tennis player Billie Jean King, journalist Christiane Amanpour, motivational speaker Shaun T, and designer Vera Wang.
DID YOU KNOW?
Today, Japanese first-seed, and reigning US Open Champion, Naomi Osaka, and Argentinian twentieth-seed Diego Schwartzman were awarded the 2019 US Open Sportsmanship Award.
Todd Martin, co-chair of the US Open’s thoughts:
“Naomi and Diego are both tremendous competitors and athletes, but at this year’s US Open, and throughout the entire summer, they have demonstrated a level of sportsmanship that is even more impressive than their play on the court.”
All copyrighted images by photographer Neil Bainton, unless stated otherwise.
For all of our 2019 US Open coverage, click here.