Maria Sharapova’s stomach ache turned out to be nothing more than that. That lopsided loss she suffered at the Olympics — well, that may have only been a false alarm, as well.
The seventh-seeded Australian needed just 51 minutes to beat Petra Martic of Croatia 6-1, 6-1 on Monday in the tournament’s first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
In an Olympic year, the US Open — considered the toughest test in tennis even under normal circumstances — is essentially the season’s fifth major. That makes for quite a grueling season for the players.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the Rogers Cup on Friday because of a knee injury, but she hopes to be ready for the U.S. Open.
Not sure I know anybody who picked Samantha Stosur of Australia to win the US Open title, particularly against Serena Williams, three-time US Open champ and heavy favorite to win it all. But I must say, I was totally impressed with Stosur’s game.
Already outplayed by Sam Stosur in the U.S. Open final, the last thing Serena Williams needed was to lose a game for yelling during a point. That’s exactly what happened early in the second set.
Serena Williams overpowered no. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki and will face Samantha Stosur in the U.S. Open Final.