Samantha Stosur is the 2011 United States Open Champion, and on Sunday she displayed significant amount more poise, professionalism and class than her opponent, Serena Williams.
Early in the second set, Williams yelled out “come on”, as soon as Stosur was attempting to make a shot. Williams lost the point and was not happy about it. She then verbally attacked the chair umpire Eva Asderaki by calling her “unattractive inside”, “you screwed me over”, “you’re out of control”, and “don’t look my way”. Williams even refused to shake Asderaki’s hand at the end of the match.
The pro-American crowd also deserves some criticism for getting behind Williams as much as they did. It was Stosur that performed admirably and delivered fantastic patience under the situation.
Stosur had one more winner, 20 to Williams’ 19, and had thirteen fewer unforced errors.
It was sweet redemption for Stosur, who struggled in the 2010 French Open Final, in losing 6-4, 7-6 to Italy’s Franseca Schiavone.
The men’s final between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic goes tomorrow.