Stosur bags first major
The 27 year old Australian was calm, confident, and bold as she played the match of her life, the match she always been capable of, in a 6 2, 6 3 win over Williams.
Despite being seeded No. 28, Williams was the favorite on recent form, and illustrious resum. She had defeated Stosur 6 4, 6 2 in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto last month. bedtime, and a problem with her big toe that seemed to affect her movement.
Stosur, conversely, took the court with lively feet, a clear game plan and a measure of confidence, having beaten Williams on a big stage last year at the French Open.
She served intelligently and powerfully. She moved as if she was on a cloud, and her weaker backhand wing held up as it has rarely has before.
guess to go out there and play the way I did is obviously just an unbelievable feeling, and you always hope and you want to be able to do that. But to actually do it is unbelievable, Stosur said.
It was Stosur second major final; she was beaten by Francesca Schiavo timberland shoes ne at last year French Open. And it took her a long time to come to grips with the fact that it hadn been an opportunity lost, as much as it was an opponent having a brilliant day, on the right day.
Sunday, against Williams, Stosur had a brilliant day, on the right day.
felt like I was definitely the underdog going into it, so maybe that kind of made me a little more relaxed going into this match than especially my last Grand Slam final, she said. think I was able to draw on a lot of that experience from the French Open. didn have an easy road to the final. She had long struggles against Russians Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko, plenty of moments where her notorious lack of self belief might have crept in.
In the final, she could easily have faltered when Williams engaged in some serious abuse of chair umpire Eva Asderaki, who was umpiring her first Grand Slam final.
The American exploded on break point in the first game of the second set.
Williams hit a forehand she was so convinced was a winning one, she screamed before the point was over.
The International Tennis Federation rule about hindrance clearly states that if a timberland shoes player hindered in playing the point by a deliberate act of the opponent, the player shall win the point. did get her racquet on the shot, which was enough for Asderaki to award Stosur the point, and the break of serve. It was a correct decision.
Williams was having none of it. Her treatment of Asderaki never descended into profanity, but was abusive and non stop.
truly despise you, she said. She held her racquet up at her in menacing fashion. And on the subsequent changeover, finally assessed a code violation for verbal abuse, she said, totally out of control. You a hater, and you unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow, what a loser. decision on whether Williams will face additional fines will be issued Monday. Clearly, the big fine assessed her here in 2009 after the foot fault incident didn have the hoped for deterrent effect.
But enough about Serena; plenty of time for that in another post.
The biggest thing about it all (and Asderaki failure to figuratively shove timberland shoes a ball down the throat of the ugly situation) was that all of that was a huge distraction to Williams timberland shoes opponent. Both Williams (who didn care) and Asderaki (who should care), did Stosur a disservice.
And for a brief period, as Williams used the altercation as fuel she seemed to badly need, it seemed the match could turn.
sure it was difficult to stay focused, and then obviously the crowd got heavily involved. It was probably the loudest I ever felt a crowd in my whole entire life. You right in the middle of it, Stosur said. was definitely a quite overwhelming feeling. But once I hit that next ball in the court and started playing again, I felt settled. is pretty famous for roaring back when she seems down and out fighting, screeching, screaming, roaring. and Stosur has been pretty famous in the past for crumbling in that type of situation.
But Stosur got back to the business of winning her first major, and in stark contrast to her more volatile opponent, she did so with quiet grace and dignity. 11 tragedy perhaps a little unexpected.
Often, especially when Stosur missed the better part of a year dealing with Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection that can affect the skin, joints and other organs, it probably seemed as though this moment would never come.
You have to look at the trophy to determine the winner in this one
And it did, unexpectedly and delightfully.
Williams was unrepentant in her press conference, deflecting most questions about the incident some variation of don know. I was just in the zone. I think everyone, when they play, they kind of zone out. gave generous credit to her opponent, though. And she even sat and chitchatted with Stosur as they awaited the setup for the trophy ceremony, a big smile on her face, as though nothing had happened.
It was a truly bizarre scene. It happens rarely, and it certainly rarely happens to Serena, who could barely give big sister Venus credit (or even be a little gracious) when Venus defeated her at Wimbledon in 2008 (or any other time, for that matter).