Williams loses US Open final to teen as Meghan watches

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The Duchess of Sussex travelled to the US to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the US Open final.

Meghan is thought to have travelled by commercial plane just weeks after she and husband Prince Harry were criticised for using private jets.

Unfortunately for Meghan and other Serena fans, the US player lost in the final to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Bianca Andreescu with the women's singles trophy after her victory over Serena Williams in the US Open Final
Image: Bianca Andreescu with the women’s singles trophy after her victory over Serena Williams

It was the second straight major final that Williams lost after Wimbledon, with Meghan on that occasion cheering her friend on from the royal box.

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Image: Meghan watches from the stands in New York
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Meghan’s New York trip is thought to be her first since her baby shower in Manhattan earlier this year.

Harry and the couple’s baby Archie are thought to have remained at home in the UK.

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Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the trip.

Williams was trying to win her first Grand Slam since giving birth to her daughter Alexis in September 2017. She was trying to tie Margaret Court’s record 24 slams.

Andreescu, 19, wasn’t even born when Williams won her first US Open in 1999.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex hugs a friend as she watches Serena Williams of the US against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the Women's Singles Finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 7, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The teenager started formidably, breaking Williams’ serve in the first game, and took the first set 6-4.

But Williams saved a championship point in the second set, and came back from 5-1 down to level the Canadian, looking as though she could have taken the final to three sets.

But Andreescu recovered and won the second set 7-5.

The Duchess of Sussex watches her close friend Serena Williams in the final
Image: The Duchess of Sussex watched from the royal box at this year’s Wimbledon final

Williams and the Duchess have been friends since meeting at an American football Super Bowl party in 2010.

Williams was among a number of celebrities invited to Meghan’s wedding to Harry last year.

Meghan ‘flies to New York’ to watch Serena Williams in US Open final

The Duchess of Sussex has flown to the US to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the US Open final, according to reports. Meghan is thought to have travelled by commercial plane just weeks after she and husband Prince Harry were criticised for using private jets .

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