Despite all the odds and Serena Williams' legacy and intimidating form, Samantha Stosur won the US Open 2011 final in an impressive fashion, with a 6-2 6-3 score, and won her maiden Grand Slam title. The ninth-seeded Stosur was focused, classy, played wonderful tennis and was modest in her victory.
Here's a video of the trophy ceremony. Look how cute and shy Stosur was.
Stosur praised her Serena's indisputable career achievements, ignoring her shameful argument with chair umpire.
Ever since I started playing it was a dream of mine to be here one day. I don't really know what to say. Serena, you are a fantastic player, great champion and have done wonders for our sport.
Stosur spent more than 13 hours on the court this US Open, and she is only the second Australian woman to win the tournament, however, despite everything it has to be mentioned that the fact that Serena was her opponent in the final brings extra weight to her trophy.
Enjoy Stosur's post-match press conference:
The 27-year-old Stosur may have been around for long and she may have been in the top for long, but the 2011 US Open is only her third title, after Osaka 2009 and Charleston 2010.
My story is probably no different to many others, but when I was younger, my family gave up a lot. They saw that I had this dream and drive and determination to be a tennis player. I played in all those small tournaments, I've slept in train stations and stayed in dodgy hotels and done the hard yards through many places. But it pays off in the end and I'd do it all over again if I had to.