Glory: Oakley Tennis Star Sam Stosur Claims US Open Title, Dominates Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3


The media and commentators focused on Serena Williams. Meanwhile, an overlooked Sam Stosur was well on track to shock the Tennis World.

Oakley’s Aussie Tennis Star dominated the former champ – 6-2, 6-3 – in the US Open Final on Sunday, claiming her first-ever Grand Slam triumph after one of the cleanest, most aggressive matches in the sport’s recent history. The victory also handed Australia its first Women’s Grand Slam Singles champ in more than 31 years.

But of course, the path to glory was no easy feat.

Smashing past opponent after opponent with wins on Court 11, two at Armstrong Stadium and two on Grandstand – all the way to trampling second seeded Vera Zvonareva in the Quarters (also at the Grandstand), ninth seeded Sammy still found herself outside of the major spotlight.

While the other Women’s Singles semifinal and the men’s semifinals took center stage at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Sam quietly, yet boldly dispatched her opponent in the only semi match held at the Grandstand (Court) on Saturday. It wasn’t without controversy.

And even as the Sam and Williams solidified their place in the Finals, the spotlight remained on Serena.

That changed fast.

Despite being the ‘underdog’ in the eyes of the media, Sam displayed her brilliance on the court – executing big time and claiming the first set with no problem.

Then more controversy unfolded. The second set saw Williams docked a point after letting out a victory yell on a big forehand up the line that hadn’t yet become a winner. But the point would have mattered very little – as Sam absolutely owned the first set.

Williams faced her first two match points serving at 15-40 down 62 53 in the second set, fending them off with an overhead winner and a big forehand that drew a Sam error.

But reflective of the progressing talented player that she is, Sam slammed two big inside out forehand winners on the next two points to seal the deal for the biggest victory of her career.

“I think I had one of my best days,” Sammy said, visibly stoked beyond words. “It was fortunate to do it on this stage in New York, where I love to play. I’ve dreamt about this since I started playing and even knew what a Grand Slam was.”

Taking the W in just her second Grand Slam Final, she becomes the first Aussie woman since Evonne Goolagong (1980) to win a Grand Slam Title – and the second Aussie in the Open Era to claim the US Open crown.

“I can’t actually believe that I’ve won this tournament,” said Sammy, who shot to No. 7 in the World after the triumph. “To go in there and play the way I did is obviously an unbelievable feeling. You always want to be able to do that, but to actually do it is unbelievable. Hopefully, this is the first day of a new beginning for me as a player.”

If no one believed before, they sure do now. Safe to say, overlooking her in the future won’t be an option.

A huge congratulations to Sammy for the brilliant victory at the US Open. Well deserved!


Andrew De Lara


September 12, 2011

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