2014 U.S. Open Day Fourteen
U.S. Open Women's Singles Final Sunday Sept 7
1-Serena Williams beat 10-Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-3
U.S. Open Men's Doubles Final Sunday Sept 7
1-M.Bryan/B.Bryan beat M.Granollers/M.Lopez 6-3 6-4
Women's Singles Final
Serena Wins 18th Grand Slam Title, def, Wozniacki for 6th U.S. Open Crown
usopen.org: September 6, 2014 by McCarton Ackerman: New York USA - No. 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is training to run the New York City Marathon later this year, but she had to do plenty of sprinting to try and track down the powerful shots of No. 1 seed Serena Williams in the women’s singles final.
In front of a packed house in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the American showed why she is one of the greatest players of all time. Attacking Wozniacki’s second serves with authority and playing the first-strike tennis she’s known for, Williams put in one of her best performances of the season to defeat her good friend and win the US Open for a third consecutive year, 6-3, 6-3.
Williams struck two clean return winners to take a 2-0 lead, but both players struggled with their serve in the early stages of the match. While Wozniacki’s second serve sat up for the No. 1 seed to attack, Williams’ first-serve percentage was below 30 percent at one point, resulting in five straight breaks of serve.
Down 2-5 in the second set, Wozniacki fought hard to erase a set point and hold serve. But a backhand winner on set point in the next game wrapped up the opening stanza for Williams. She hit 15 winners in the set compared to just one for Wozniacki.
The American continued her one-way dominance by breaking Wozniacki to open up the second set, but the Dane refused to go quietly. She managed to draw errors from Williams by running down shots that would be winners against most and began to up her first-service percentage.
Unfortunately for Wozniacki, Williams found the range on her first serve in the second set, upping her first-service percentage from 41 percent to 70 percent, and began to produce routine service holds.
With Wozniacki serving to stay in the match at 3-5, a forehand winner from Williams set up championship point. A backhand sent long by Wozniacki after 75 minutes of play brought Williams to the ground and the crowd to its feet as the No. 1 seed won her sixth US Open women’s singles title.
“It was an unbelievable moment for me,” said Williams. “Playing all those matches this summer really helped me to get my confidence up. I just needed that confidence and calmness. I’ve been practicing so hard and all that hard work was showing through today.”
Despite the loss, Wozniacki was gracious as always in defeat.
“You played better than me and you’re an inspiration on and off the court,” said Wozniacki. “You’re an unbelievable friend and you definitely owe me drinks later!”
Men's Doubles Final
Bryans Capture 100th Team Crown; Beats Granollers, Lopez for U.S. Open Title
atpworldtour.com: September 7, 2014 New York USA - Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured a historic 100th team title today with their fifth US Open trophy. The top-seeded American twins defeated Spanish No. 11 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in the final. They are now tied as the all-time US Championships' doubles title leaders, with Richard Sears and James Dwight, on five crowns.
The 36-year-old Bryans received $520,000 in prize money and earned 2,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points for their 16th Grand Slam championship title (16-11 overall in major finals). They have now lifted seven tour-level trophies this year and finished runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Pospisil/Sock) in July.
The Bryans have already booked their 12th trip to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November, as the top-ranked team in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. They are on course to finish No. 1 for the 10th time in the past 12 years.
Granollers and Lopez had beaten the Bryans 6-4, 6-2 in the Roland Garros quarter-finals en route to the final (l. to Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin) earlier this year. The Spaniards are now 2-6 lifetime against the Bryans, which includes a final victory at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Granollers and Lopez had been attempting to become the first all-Spanish team to win a Grand Slam championship title since Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez at 1990 Wimbledon. They will share $250,000 and 1,200 points.