Ninth-seeded Australian wins U.S. Open in straight sets

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Associated Press
Monday, September 12, 2011
— 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, leading to an argument between Williams and the chair umpire, a scene less ugly than —but reminiscent of—the American’s tirade two years ago at the same tournament.

In the end, Stosur beat Williams, 6-2, 6-3, Sunday in a surprisingly lopsided upset for her first Grand Slam title.

“I think I had one of my best days,” Stosur said. “I’m very fortunate to do it on this stage.”

The ninth-seeded Stosur became the first Australian woman to win a major title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980.

“She played really, really well. She’s a great player, and it’s good

to see,” Williams said. “I tried my hardest, and she kept hitting winners and I was, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ ”

This was only the 27-year-old Stosur’s third title at any tour-level event, and what a way to do it. She stayed steady throughout—finishing with 12 unforced errors to Williams’ 25.

Last updated: 6:22 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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