Tuesday 24 October 2017

Superb Stosur stuns furious Serena to take title

Rob Gloster

Samantha Stosur stunned Serena Williams to win the US Open last night but, once again, the petulance of the American took some of the gloss off her opponent's victory.

Williams was disqualified from her semi-final against Kim Clijsters at Flushing Meadow two years ago and, in the first game of the second set last night, the 14-time Grand Slam winner once again became embroiled in controversy.

On game point for Stosur, Williams hit a powerful forehand which looked to be heading for a winner, but, as Stosur reached for the ball, Williams exclaimed "Come On" as she thought she had saved break point.

However, the umpire took a dim view of Williams' utterance before the point had finished and awarded the point, and with it the game, to Stosur.

A furious Williams confronted the umpire describing her actions as "not cool" and, at a changeover later in the set, branded the umpire "unattractive on the inside" as her anger spilled over once again despite still being under warning following the 2009 incident at the same venue.

"If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way because you're out of control," Williams added.

All of which took some attention from Stosur's superb performance as she became the third straight women's player to capture her first major this year after China's Li Na took the French Open title and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won Wimbledon.

Stosur won $1.8 million for the championship, with Williams getting $900,000 after the 6-2, 6-3 victory in one hour and 13 minutes after Williams had saved the first of two match points on her serve in the final game.

Williams was the pre-tournament favourite among the bookmakers to win her 14th Grand Slam singles title and was appearing in the tournament for the first time since being disqualified in 2009 after swearing at the umpire during her defeat to Clijsters.

Stosur, a former top-ranked doubles player, is the first Australian woman to win one of the four Grand Slam championships since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980 at Wimbledon. She was playing in her second major final, having finished as runner-up to Francesca Schiavone of Italy at the 2010 French Open and afterwards described herself as "very fortunate" to have won.

Irish Independent

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