In this week’s edition of Tennis Tuesday, Eilís Brennan looks at all the latest news from this weekend’s conclusion to the US Open.
And with that, the Grand Slams are over for 2014. The US Open had its fair share of surprises and upsets. One thing that wasn’t a surprise was Serena Williams winning another Grand Slam title.
Serena reaches 18
It hadn’t been the best year for Serena Williams at the Grand Slams. She hadn’t reached the quarter-finals in any of the previous three but, regardless, she came to flushing as the favourite. And she did not disappoint. Williams dominated her opponents from the first round to the final. She didn’t drop a set and only lost 32 games in her seven matches.
It is Serena’s sixth US Open title but more importantly, her 18th Grand Slam singles title. She is now equal with Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert for most Major singles titles, and four behind Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22.
In a nice touch, both Navratilova and Evert were on court for the trophy presentation.
“I never could have imagined that I would be mentioned with Chris Evert or with Martina Navratilova because I was just a kid with a dream and a racquet,” said Williams.
Along with the trophy, Serena received a Tiffany 18-carat gold bracelet and a cheque for a cool $4 million dollars.
Marin’s maiden major
Probably not the champion people were expecting but whoever did bet on it, you’re a bloody genius! Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to win his first Grand Slam title. Cilic played unbelievably well throughout the tournament, especially against Roger Federer in the semi-final, and he was in imperious form against Nishikori.
“For all the players who are working hard I think this is a big sign that if you’re working hard things will pay off,” said Marin in the post-match interview.
He has proved dangerous in past Grand Slams but never put it together – until now. Cilic is playing the best tennis of his career. Marin is the first Croatian Grand Slam champion since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won Wimbledon in 2001. If Cilic keeps playing like this, expect him to win more Slams.
The Bryans win title no.100
Another piece of history played out on Arthur Ashe Court on Sunday evening. Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4 to win their 100th doubles title. This is their fifth US Open doubles title. It’s also their 16th Grand Slam title bringing them level with Todd Woodbridge’s Open era record, but one behind John Newcombe’s pre-Open era record.
During the trophy presentation, Mike Bryan said that the final
“was kind of our best match of the tournament.”
The brothers have said that they will play through the 2016 Olympics in Rio and beyond. I wouldn’t bet against them adding the doubles gold and more Grand Slams to their trophy cabinet.
Eilís Brennan, Pundit Arena.