Oakley Tennis Athletes Carry Recent Success Into US Open
Tennis fans have been spoiled as of late with a plethora of Grand Slam championships, combined with a special tournament last month in London. Coming off of an exhilarating Wimbledon championship at the beginning of July, the tennis world got the added bonus of the London Olympic tournament at the beginning of August. No rest for the weary: it’s Grand Slam time once more. This weekend marks the opening of the 2012 US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York and Oakley athletes are poised to have another successful showing. Coming off plenty of recent success, athletes including Samantha Stosur, Janko Tipsarevic, Yaroslava Shvedova and Bob and Mike Bryan will take to the courts in New York aimed at another prosperous US Open.
Australian tennis sensation Sam Stosur enters this year’s Open as the defending women’s singles champion. Her dazzling performance last year put her on the map as a main contender in the game, defeating three-time US Open champion, Serena Williams in the final. This was Stosur’s first Grand Slam title and undoubtedly the biggest tournament of her career, sky-rocketing her up in the WTA rankings, not to mention popularity. Stosur enters this year’s US Open as the women’s seventh seed and looks to successfully defend the biggest title of her career. Her tournament will kick off with a first round singles match against Petra Martic of Croatia.
Serbian superstar, Janko Tipsarevic has had an epic 2012 tennis season so far. In recent months, Tipsarevic has had a number of positive results, highlighted by his men’s singles victory at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, where he defeated second seed, Juan Monaco for the title. Tipsarevic’s additional 2012 highlights include an ATP Power House World Team Cup victory in Berlin, a doubles title at the Aircel Chennai Open in India with partner Leander Paes, where he was also a finalist in the singles tournament, and a finalist finish at the Credit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad. Tipsarevic enters this year’s US Open ranked ninth in the ATP world rankings and will compete in both men’s singles and doubles. His tournament kicks off with a match against Guillaume Rufin of France.
Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan will travel to New York as a definite dark horse, but don’t take your eyes off of this young player. Shvedova has jumped up in the rankings as of late, following impressive performances at both the French Open and Wimbledon Championships. Shvedova won what was arguably one the biggest singles matches of her career in 2012, defeating defending French Open Champion Li Na in the fourth round to advance to the quarterfinals. Even more impressive, Shvedova recorded the second “Golden Set” in the history of tennis at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. In the fifteen-minute-long first set of her third round match, she won all 24 points, recording 14 winners and making zero unforced errors. Shvedova went on to win the match 6–0, 6–4, reaching the second week of Wimbledon for the first time. The Kazak will look to improve on an already impressive 2012 as she starts her US Open competition against Vania King of the United States.
Finally, in doubles competition, the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, are without a doubt the duo to keep your eyes on. The twins from California brought home the gold less than a month ago from Olympic competition in London. They have now successfully completed the “Golden Slam” having won 11 titles across all four majors, and now the Olympic title. The Bryans also recently broke the all-time team titles record by securing their 80th team title at the 2012 Rogers Cup.
The 2012 US Open is shaping up to be another outstanding tournament for Oakley athletes. They will be flying high into Flushing Meadows, booming with confidence from recent success across men’s and women’s, singles, doubles, and Olympic competition. Good luck to all the Oakley tennis pros competing in New York and stay tuned for real-time updates, live from the 2012 US Open.