Underdog Australian tennis star Sam Stosur stole the thunder in the 2011 US Open, by defeating favored American tennis superstar Serena Williams in the Finals. Stosur defeated the hot-tempered Williams 6-2 6-3 on Sunday to snatch the crown from the American and became the first Australian woman in 38 years to win the coveted crown.
The Australian was all business all-game long to defeat the American on their match on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The rising tennis star is very happy with her win since she became the first Australian woman to win the U.S. Open title since Margaret Court in 1973. Williams for her part is sad with her loss but still congratulated Stosur for her victory.
In the game, Williams was very angry as she lashed out with the chair umpire in a petulant display that rekindled memories of her ungracious exit from the 2009 U.S. Open. It was learned that the last Australian woman to win any grand slam was Evonne Goolagong-Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980. Before her US Open victory, Stosur, who was better known as a doubles player, already emerged as Australia’s best prospect in years when she made the final at the French Open last year but lost to Italy’s Francesca Schiavone.
Stosur is currently ranked World No. 7 and her career high in singles is World No. 4, achieved on 21 February 2011. She is a former world No. 1 on the WTA Tour in doubles with Lisa Raymond from the United States.