Stosur wins 2011 US Open for first Grand Slam
RANK (SEED)YEAR EVENT SURFACE ROUND WINNER SCORE RANK (SEED)
4 (4) 2008 OLYMPICS HARD R32 S.Williams 6-2 6-0 79
2 (1) 2009 SYDNEY HARD R32 S.Williams 6-3 6-7(4) 7-5 46
2 (1) 2009 STANFORD HARD Q S. Stosur 6-2 3-6 6-2 20
1 (1) 2010 AUSTRALIAN OPEN HARD R16 S.Williams 6-4 6-2 13 (13)
1 (1) 2010 FRENCH OPEN CLAY Q S. Stosur 6-2 6-7(2) 8-6 7 (7)
80 2011 TORONTO HARD F S.Williams 6-4 6-2 11 (10)
31 2011 CINCINNATI HARD R32 S. Stosur W/O 10 (10)
13-time grand slam champion Serena Williams will be the heavy favorite when she faces Australian Samantha Stosur in the championship match of the 2011 US Open. Despite being seeded #28, the American has ripped through the draw of this year’s last grand slam without the loss of a set and has bundled out #4 Victoria Azarenka in the third round and #1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals. She is now in the midst of a remarkable 18-match winning streak after winning two hardcourt tournaments over the summer. Serena hasn’t played for almost a year after winning her 13th grand slam title at Wimbledon in July 2010 due to injuries.
While Serena has won two tournaments this year, Stosur hasn’t won a single tournament although she reached the final of the Toronto tournament losing to Serena herself in straight sets. She will however relish her second trip to a grand slam final. She reached her first slam final at the 2010 French Open where she beat Serena in the quarterfinals when the American was then ranked #1 in the world. She has also beaten Serena in a hardcourt tournament winning their 2009 quarterfinal at Stanford in three sets. Stosur trails Serena 2-4 in their head-to-head series. She will try to emulate Na Li and Petra Kvitova in winning her first grand slam this year. Whatever the outcome of the match, Stosur will rise to the #7 ranking.
Serena will be playing in her 17th grand slam championship match. She has a 13-win and 3-loss record. Her losses are to Venus Williams at the 2000 US Open, Maria Sharapova at 2004 Wimbledon, and again to Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2008.
Both women stand to gain a place in history if they win. For Serena, she will join the select list of Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf as the only women to have won the US Open at least 4 times. She will also win a total of $2.8 million for winning both the US Open and the US Open series – the single highest paycheck in either men or women’s tennis. For Stosur, she will be the first Australian woman to win the US Open in almost 40 years. The last winner from Down Under was Court.
Serena Williams on Sam Stosur:
“I feel like tomorrow going in we both have the same chances of winning. She’s playing great. I have been watching her this whole tournament. I’m not surprised that she’s in the final. She’s such a great player and a great athlete and a nice girl. You know, it’s definitely gonna be tough for me, so we’ll see. You know, we’ll see.”
“… Sam’s such a fighter. I think she is underrated as a fighter, because she often comes back when she’s down. So you have to really watch out for that.”
Sam Stosur on Serena Williams:
“I think playing Serena in a final is kind of bigger than maybe most other matches. But obviously home crowd favorite American. It’s gonna be a great atmosphere if it’s her. And if it’s not her, then it’s gonna be fantastic as well. We will see what happens and whoever my opponent ends up being.”
“I think the one good thing is that one of the matches I beat Serena was actually in a Grand Slam. So I think that’s obviously a big, you know, confidence booster if I end up playing her to know that I have been able to do it in a major tournament. But, you know, every tournament is new, and she’s obviously been playing extremely well and wants to — she comes back, and I’m sure it’s always to win Grand Slam titles. It’s gonna be tough if it’s against her.”
Serena Williams – Road to 2011 US Open Final
SF: bt #1-seed Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – 62 64
QF: bt #17-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – 75 61
4R: bt #16-seed Ana Ivanovic (SRB) – 63 64
3R: bt #4-seed Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – 61 75
2R: bt Michaella Kracijek (NED) – 60 61
1R: bt Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) – 61 61
Samantha Stosur – Road to 2011 US Open Final
SF: bt Angelique Kerber (GER) – 63 26 62
QF: bt #2-seed Vera Zvonareva (RUS) – 63 63
4R: bt #25-seed Maria Kirilenko (RUS) – 62 67(15) 63
3R: bt #24-seed Nadia Petrova (RUS) – 76(5) 67(5) 75
2R: bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA) – 63 64
1R: bt Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) – 62 63