Serena surpassed by superb Stosur

Sep 12, 2011

What would a final involving one of the Williams sisters be without a bit of controversy? Well, well done Serena; your petulant display of bad sportsmanship has all but stolen the headlines from Stosur, who earned every moment of her victory and deserves to have a little more recognition for her amazing performance. It was only in 2009 that Serena threw her toys out of the pram last time, which pretty much landed her with the same result that she sees now. Anyway, it hardly seems fair to give her the attention.

Instead, let’s talk about the way in which Sam Stosur broke down the hot favourite to take her first Grand Slam victory. The Australian seemed enormously calm considering that she had a mountain ahead of he to climb. There have been a few pretenders to the Williams’ sisters thrown at the US Open, and some have succeeded. However, it only took Stosur 1 hour and 13 minutes to receive the trophy at Flushing Meadows, and considering she had only been in one grand slam final before this is an achievement in anyone’s book.

If anything, it is her mental strength that needs praising. Over recent years, a few lower ranked and unknown players with enormous talent have climbed to the final, only to be blasted aside in a rather quiet affair in the last match of the tournament. Stosur seemed to sideline the enormous odds, the press touting of Williams as the favourite, Williams’ own record at Flushing Meadows,  the enormity of the game, and on top of all of that manage to keep her cool whilst her opponent lost hers at the other end of the court.

Aside from her mentality, Stosur’s physicality and game was pretty flawless as well. She moved Williams around the court, working her hard, which for a player of Williams strength would rarely be a problem. Stosur’s rhythm and place of shot, however, combined with her variance across the court to make it an almost impossible combination. Although her aces were not as high as Williams, Stosur’s first serve percentage was significantly higher, and the errors were considerably lower.

Whatever game plan Stosur and her team had cooked up for the final seemed to work to a tee. She is now the proud title of a US Open Champion, and is the first Australian woman to win at Flushing Meadows since 1973, when Margaret Court achieved the same feat. A big congratulations goes out to Sam Stosur on her first Grand Slam victory; she certainly earns her place in the handful of names that can be seen taking the women’s game in another direction.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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