Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian man or woman to win a Grand Slam singles title when she Open final. On a day when Serena Williams was looking to tie Margaret Court in the tennis record books, year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu made some history of her own. Playing in her first-ever U. Open main draw, No. She closed the match out with a forehand service return winner that Serena couldn't get to. The two women embraced at the net and Andreescu then lay on her back on the court, closed her eyes and took in the moment.
Soon she walked up into the stands to hug her coach and parents. For the last two years, Andreescu had lost in the first round of qualifying. Now she is a Grand Slam champion and becomes the 10th different woman to win a title in the last 12 majors. Andreescu's victory came on the biggest of stages, in front of 26, in Arthur Ashe Stadium, including Meghan Markle in Serena's player box. This year has been a dream come true and now being able to play own this stage against Serena, a true legend of this sport, is amazing.
Williams, who turns 38 later this month, is now in Grand Slam finals since becoming a mother in September , having lost back-to-back U. Open and Wimbledon finals. Court, who won about half of her majors as an amateur and half in the Open Era, will still lead Serena on the all-time list as begins. It's definitely frustrating, you know. But for the most part I just am still here. I'm still doing what I can do.
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She later added: "But all of it honestly, truly is super frustrating. I'm, like, so close, so close, so close, yet so far away. With Serena nearly twice Andreescu's age, the matchup featured the largest age gap in the Open Era in a women's final. Andreescu shows the potential to be a future world No. The current world No. This year, Alison Hughes was in the chair but the outcome was similar. Serena received a huge ovation when she took the court, a continuation of the support she got in last year's final when boos rained down as Osaka accepted the trophy because fans thought Serena had somehow been robbed.
Their embittered season ended as many pundits had feared. Prost, turning into the corner, turned into his teammate's path resulting in a collision and the cars sliding interlocked down the escape road. Prost, thinking the World Championship was over, climbed out of his stalled car. To separate the cars, the marshals pushed Senna's McLaren backwards onto the track. This left it in a dangerous position, so they pushed it forwards again. As they did so, Senna bump-started the engine. He drove through the chicane and rejoined.
The nose of his car was damaged and he had to pit, but he rejoined only five seconds behind the Benetton of Alessandro Nannini. On lap 50, Ayrton sliced past Nannini at the chicane to take the lead and won the race.
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But it was Nannini who appeared on the top step of the podium, race officials having excluded Senna for missing the chicane. Prost recalled that by the Italian Grand Prix he had one car with maybe four or five mechanics, while his teammate had two cars and 20 people around him. Although Prost was forced to make a public apology to both McLaren and Honda over his Monza comments, he received support from Nigel Mansell who would be his teammate at Ferrari , and former teammate Rosberg who claimed that once it became known they would not be using the Japanese engines the next season, their Honda engines did not seem to work as well as was once normal.
Prost actually won the Italian Grand Prix, after Senna's engine blew with only 9 laps remaining. As wore on, Prost continually claimed his Honda V10s were not producing the same amount of power as those in Senna's car.
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It actually got to the point where Honda F1 boss Osamu Goto felt compelled to speak to the specialist British media on the matter. He claimed that Senna's foot-tapping style with the accelerator helped keep the RAE's revs up in the engine's mid-range where most of the power was, while Prost's smoother style dropped the engines into low revs where they had a pick-up problem. Apparently the talk was convincing until most of those present noticed Goto continually called them Ayrton and Prost respectively per Japanese customs, addressing a person by their first name rather than the surname shows a much higher degree of familiarity and confidentiality.
An example of Prost's claims came during the Mexican Grand Prix. Despite his car running less wing than Senna's which theoretically would give him greater top speed, Prost's McLaren was not able to pass Senna's on the long front straight even though he came off the final Peraltada Curve clearly faster than the Brazilian and also had the benefit of a tow. In stark contrast, late in the race when Senna was lapping Prost who was on fresh tyres , Senna was easily able to power past Prost on the straight.
Prost signed to join Ferrari in becoming the first driver signed to the team after the death of team founder Enzo Ferrari in As reigning world champion, Prost took over as the team's lead driver and was said to have played on Mansell's inferiority complex.
Mansell recalls one incident where at the British Grand Prix , the car he drove didn't handle the same as in the previous race where he had taken pole position, and later found out from team mechanics that Prost saw Mansell as having a superior car and had them swapped without Mansell knowing. Notable among these was the Mexican Grand Prix, where he won after starting in 13th position.
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In both the Mexican and Spanish races, he led Mansell to Ferrari 1—2 finishes. The championship once again came to the penultimate round of the season in Japan with Prost trailing his McLaren adversary, Ayrton Senna, by nine points. As in , a controversial collision between the two settled the race.
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At the first corner Senna, as admitted a year later, intentionally drove his race car into Prost's, taking them both out of the race and sealing the title in his favour. Mansell left the Scuderia due to his unstable relationship with Prost,  to rejoin Williams for the Formula One season. Mansell's replacement was Frenchman Jean Alesi , who had been impressive during the previous two years at Tyrrell. Ferrari had entered a downturn, partially as their famous V12 engine was no longer competitive against the smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient V10s of their competitors.
Prost won no races, only getting onto the podium five times. He took this out on the team, publicly criticising the team and the Ferrari ,  and subsequently had his contract terminated before the end of the season, immediately prior to the Australian Grand Prix. Despite being sacked, Prost received a significant payment from Ferrari to not drive for any other team. It was the second time in his career that Prost had been fired by a factory backed team for his public criticism of the team and car, having been fired under similar circumstances by Renault at the end of the season.
In Japan, the car was like a horrible truck to drive. No pleasure at all.
I've underlined the defects of the Ferrari throughout the season, but no-one has listened to a word. Prost went on a sabbatical year in ,  which was dominated by Nigel Mansell in a Williams- Renault. Prost performed pre-season testing for Ligier early in and later turned down an offer to drive for the team.
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The Frenchman had a clause in his contract which prevented rival Ayrton Senna from joining the team that year. Prost won his fourth, and final, title, but in a year where he was regularly challenged by teammate Hill, and Ayrton Senna. Shortly before the Portuguese Grand Prix in October , Prost announced he would not defend his world title, as the clause in the Frenchman's contract did not extend to and Senna would be able to join Williams for the upcoming season,  and instead opted to retire  as the driver with the record for most Grand Prix victories  — a record which stood for almost a decade.
Prost was surprised by the gesture, as Senna had declined a handshake the race before. He also shares the record for starting every race of the season from the front row 16 in , with Ayrton Senna in , and Damon Hill in Prost's battles with Ayrton Senna were particularly notable. The rivalry originated in , when Senna joined Prost at the McLaren team.
The rivalry intensified after the San Marino Grand Prix , where the two drivers had an agreement that neither would get in each other's way to the first corner cf. At the start, Senna got away in the lead and Prost followed him through the first corner without getting in Senna's way. Gerhard Berger 's crash on lap four stopped the race. At the restart, it was Prost this time that got away the better of the two; but Senna forced his way past Prost in the first corner, breaking the pair's agreement at the start of the race, leaving the Frenchman furious with Senna. Senna argued it was the restart.
The rivalry reached its peak at the end of , when the title was to be decided between Senna and Prost at Suzuka. Prost walked away while Senna returned to the track. Senna went on to win the race, but was later disqualified in a highly controversial ruling over his path back to the track, as his car was pushed through the road around the chicane. Senna's disqualification meant that it was mathematically impossible for him to overhaul Prost's points total, and so the Championship went to the Frenchman. There has been much debate as to whether Senna was overambitious in his overtaking manoeuver, whether Prost intentionally ran into Senna, or whether the collision was simply a racing incident between two teammates who were embittered with each other.
The following season saw the two drivers collide again. With Senna leading Prost, now in a Ferrari, in the world Drivers' Championship, Prost qualified second for the penultimate race of the season in Suzuka with Senna on pole. Between the end of qualifying and race day, pole position was switched to the other side of the track without explanation.
Senna complained that no longer being on the racing line , his side of the grid was dirty, meaning he would get less grip and therefore a slower start compared to Prost who had been moved to the clean side of the grid.
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