Both Samantha Stosur and Serena Williams reached the 2011 US Open final in an amazing way – Stosur played the longest US Open women’s singles match in the third round against Nadia Petrova, and followed it with a match against Maria Kirilenko which featured the longest women’s tiebreak at any major, then played three sets against suprise semifinalist Angelique Kerber, while her final obstacle was Serena Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set at the tournament and who crushed world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semis.
The favorite was Serena Williams because of all her solid wins in the lead-up to the tournament and at the tournament and because she’s the owner of 13 Grand Slam titles in singles, including three US Open. However, Stosur was focused, put nerves aside, and played a smart all-round game, while Williams overshadowed her tennis with a verbal attack at chair umpire Eva Asderaki which looked really inappropriate and showed Williams’ lack of class.
The incident happened after Williams lost the first set 6-2 in 31 minutes and was facing a break point in the beginning of the second. Williams hit a forehand winner and looked to have saved the break point, but she shouted “Come on!” before the ball reached Stosur’s racquet, and the umpire gave the point to Stosur, which meant Williams dropped serve. Williams was so angry at the umpire and started telling her various inappropriate things, such as that she was a hater and loser (if our commentator here transferred the words well) and that outrage continued through a few games.
At that time, Williams turned her anger into powerful serves and Stosur held back. It looked as if it could be a turning point to Williams’ advantage. However, Stosur returned her concentration and game, went through the rest of the set and won the final with a decisive 6-2 6-3 score.
Williams is under investigation for her outburst, and her 2009 US Open angry tirade, for which she’s still under probation, only puts more weight to the incident.
Stosur can enjoy the time of her life, her first Grand Slam title, so rightfully deserved. She is the first Australian woman to win US Open since 1973. (photo: Philip Hall/USTA)