Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur has taken out the U.S. Open after beating hot favourite Serena Williams in straight sets.
The first Aussie woman to win the title in 38 years, Stosur powered to victory in a match lasting just under 90 minutes.
Tess Gilfedder reports.
Right from the start, our Sam had the 13-time Grand Slam champ Serena Williams on the hop.
It was a match full of drama, with Williams arguing with the chair umpire in a scene reminiscent of her famous 2009 semi-final tantrum.
Stosur dominated the first set 6-2 and immediately broke Williams’ serve at the start of the second.
Williams fought back but Stosur would not be denied, taking the second 6-3 and the title. She’s the first Australian to do so since Margaret Court in 1973.
The result shocked many experts but not seven-time Slam winner Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley, former Australian Tennis Champion: “I’m just very proud of her. The way she handled herself, she looks absolutely wonderful out there now, she’s moving really well. And she can only go on further from here.”
Showing great sportsmanship after her loss, Williams stayed composed when congratulating Stosur.
Serena Williams, 2011 US Open Finalist: “I tried my hardest and she just kept hitting me winners and I was like oh my God, what am I doing?”
Stosur was the underdog going into the final but ended up top dog.
Sam Stosur, 2011 US Open Winner: “Ever since I started playing and knew what a Grand Slam was, it’s sort of been a dream of mine to be here one day. And it’s kind of spectatcular really, I don’t know what to say and how I’m feeling.”
Interviewer: “Does it feel the way you though it would feel?”
Sam Stosur, 2011 US Open Winner: “I think so, I think it does.”
She gets a $1.8-million paycheck and a rise in the rankings to World Number 7.
Tess Gilfedder, QUT News.