The U.S. Open Series is in full swing as the final Grand Slam of 2014 edges closer.
Another week, another win for Serena Williams. The American won her 61st career title at Stanford, beating Angelique Kerber 7-6, 6-3. It’s her 3rd Stanford title and her 4th of this season. Kerber was leading 5-1 in the first set but Williams rallied to take it to a tiebreak. It was plain sailing from there as Serena breezed through the rest of the match. Up next for Serena is Cincinnati where she was runner-up to Victoria Azarenka last year.
Milos Raonic beat Vasek Posposil in the Citi Open final in Washington DC – the first ever all-Canadian ATP final. It is Raonic’s 1st title in what has already been a great season for the 23-year-old. He’s back up to No.6 in the rankings. Definitely one to watch out for at Flushing this year.
Today marks the first all-Canada ATP final, Raonic-Pospisil. Only 447 to go to catch the USA. – Tweet from @BenRothenberg
Svetlana Kuznetsova also won in Washington, winning the women’s Citi title, ending a 4 year title drought. The Russian beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in an entertaining final. After the win, Kuznetsova said, “It feels like it’s been too long.” Interestingly, she also becomes the first former Grand Slam champion to win the women’s Citi Open title.
The U.S. Open is less than 3 week away and already there has been a high profile withdrawal and the potential for another. World No.2 Li Na has announced that she will miss the Rogers Cup, Cincinnati and U.S. Open due to a knee injury. Apparently, it has been bothering her since March. We’ve all come accustom to seeing her knee covered in black tape. Li is hoping to return for the inaugural Wuhan Open – her home tournament – at the end of September.
Defending U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Masters last week, citing a right wrist injury. According to the Spaniard, he picked up the injury in practice and has been advised to rest for 2-3 weeks. There is a worry now that Nadal might have to miss the final Grand Slam as well.
Lisicki’s Record Serve
In her match against Ana Ivanovic in Stanford, Sabine Lisicki set a new WTA record for the fastest serve. She hit 131mph – about 210km! Somehow, Ivanovic managed to get her racquet onto the end of it. If I tried that, I’d probably break my arm! Lisicki went on to lose the match.
Murr-esmo Stick Together
Andy Murray has announced that Amelie Mauresmo will stay on as his coach for the foreseeable future. They initially teamed up for the grass season and many thought that, after Murray’s disappointing exit from Wimbledon, they would split. Andy has said that they will do whatever it takes to make the partnership work long-term. Mauresmo has been training with the Scot in Miami as they prepare for the Rogers Cup this week.
Wozniacki Signs Up For Marathon
Caroline Wozniacki has signed up to take part in the New York City Marathon in November. The Dane will run in aid of the Team for Kids charity, which raises funds for youth programmes in New York. This will be the former World No.1’s first marathon.
Better you than me Caroline.
Eilís Brennan, Pundit Arena.