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Sam Stosur’s US Open: Dream Realised

  • September 12th, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

samsite26.jpgSamantha Stosur, unblessed so far in European Grand Slam events, has won the US Open Tennis in New York (11.9.11), defeating Serena Williams in straight sets.

A frustrating lead-up to the victory – the first in a women’s Open for an Australian since Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s at Wimbledon in 1980 – included the unsuccessful 2010 French Open final against Francesca Schiavone, and fairly brusque eliminations from Wimbledon this year and last.

See EUAustralia Online: “Grand Slam: Still not this time, for Australia”, 6.6.10; Tennis milestone: Longest game”, 26.6.10; “Wimbledon tennis this week”, 20.6.10; “Sports: Big weekend”, 3.7.11.

This time it was a copy-book win against a complaining opponent   – 6-2, 6-3 in 1 hour 23 minutes.

stosur-forehand-w2.jpgWhile paying tribute to Serena Williams for a great contribution to the sport, Samantha Stosur might have considered her own long journey, getting up to outstanding fitness and overcoming a hoodoo of faltering concentration at crucial moments – with the Grand Slam always in mind.

“It’s been a dream since I first knew what a Grand Slam was”, she said.

“Thanks, I’m looking forward to going home.”