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Sep
11

Sam Stosur won her first Grand Slam title with a stunning victory over favourite Serena Williams in a controversial US Open final.

Sam Stosur

The ninth seed gave a hugely impressive performance to beat the three-time champion 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 13 minutes at Flushing Meadows. An outburst from Williams that brought the American a code violation had threatened to overshadow the final. But a nerveless Stosur continued to dominate and ran out a deserved winner. “I had one of my best days and I’m very fortunate that I had it on this stage in New York,” said Stosur. Continue reading the main story Six months ago in the hospital I couldn’t even stand up, but thanks to my parents and sisters and everyone else I’m here. Ever since I started playing it was a dream of mine to be here one day. I don’t really know what to say. Serena, you are a fantastic player, great champion and have done wonders for our sport.” The 27-year-old from Queensland becomes the first Australian woman to win the US Open since Margaret Court in 1973. She went into the final as a considerable underdog, having played in just one Grand Slam final compared to the 13-time major winner Williams, who had not dropped a set in the tournament. Stosur was clearly not concerned by any of that as she used her strengths, a heavy kick serve and powerful forehand, to take control against a misfiring Williams. The American has the best serve in the game but making just 35% of first serves in the opening set allowed Stosur to attack the returns and break twice as she took it in 31 minutes. A frustrated Williams threw her racquet to the ground as the set slipped away, but that was nothing compared to the anger she displayed early in the second.

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