Novak Djokovic’s road to the final
|R1||Joao Souza||6-1 6-1 6-1|
|R2||Andreas Haider-Maurer||6-4 6-1 6-2|
|R3||Andreas Seppi ||6-3 7-5 7-5|
|R4||Roberto Bautista Agut ||6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3|
|QF||Feliciano Lopez ||6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6|
|SF||Marin Cilic ||6-0 6-1 6-2|
Roger Federer’s road to the final
|R1||Leonardo Mayer||6-1 6-2 6-2|
|R2||Steve Darcis||6-1 6-2 6-1|
|R3||Philipp Kohlschreiber ||6-3 6-4 6-4|
|R4||John Isner ||7-6 7-6 7-5|
|QF||Richard Gasquet ||6-3 6-3 6-1|
|SF||Stan Wawrinka ||6-4 6-3 6-1|
Who will win the 2015 US Open?
- Roger Federer (47%, 74 Votes)
- Novak Djokovic (28%, 44 Votes)
- Rafael Nadal (10%, 15 Votes)
- Andy Murray (8%, 12 Votes)
- Stan Wawrinka (3%, 4 Votes)
- Other (2%, 3 Votes)
- Kei Nishikori (1%, 2 Votes)
- Tomas Berdych (1%, 2 Votes)
- David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)
- Marin Cilic (0%, 0 Votes)
- Milos Raonic (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 156
Photo credit: mrenzaero, Adam Radman
Andy Murray, beaten by Kevin Anderson in the fourth round:
45 years ago, Margaret Court completed the fifth calendar Grand Slam in history, after Donald Budge (1938), Maureen Connolly (1953) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969). Twice previously (in 1962 and 1969), Court had failed to win the coveted Grand Slam, falling both times at Wimbledon.
The powerful Australian was the most dominating player in the 60s, winning 13 Grand Slam tournaments.
Then she decided to retire after Wimbledon in 1966. But after getting married in 1967, she changed her mind and returned to tennis in 1968. Her goal: to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam. In 1969, she captured 3 majors, but lost to Ann Jones in Wimbledon semifinals.
In 1970, she had already won the Australian and French Championships when she met Billie Jean King in the Wimbledon final. This match is still considered as one of the greatest played on Center Court.
Court prevailed 14-12 11-9. 46 games, a record for the final, the tie-breaker not yet in use. But the result might have totally different: King broke Court’s serve 4 times in the first set, she served for the second set at 5-4, 7-6, and 8-7, and saved four match points. It would be the third and last title for Margaret Court at Wimbledon.
She met doubles specialist Rosie Casals in the US Open final, cruising through the first set 6-2. Casals bounced back to take the second set 6-2, but Court overcame her nerves in the third and captured her fourth US Open title 6-2 2-6 6-1. She also won the women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
We called Margaret ‘The Arm’. It was like her right arm was a mile long when you tried to pass her.
Court regards her U.S. Open win against Casals in 1970 as the best moment of her career.
I had won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice before but completing the full set in one year was very special. Maureen Connolly was the only player who had previously achieved the Slam in the women’s game. In those days the US Open was played at Forest Hills, an old-fashioned club that was very different to the massive Flushing Meadows. Winning that final against Rosie Casals was special.
Court retired again to have children but came back in 1972, and won 3 of 4 Slams in 1973.
She retired permanently in 1977 when she learned she was expecting the last of her four children.
Margaret Court won 62 Grand Slam championships, more than any other woman, and in 1970 became the second woman (after Maureen Connolly in 1953) to win the grand slam of tennis singles: Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, and the French Open titles in the same year. She is the only player to achieve the Grand Slam in mixed doubles as well as singles, winning the four events with fellow Australian Kenneth Fletcher in 1963.
She’s also the only person to have won all 12 Grand Slam events (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) at least twice.
Margaret Court 24 Singles titles:
– Australian Open: 11 (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973)
– French Open: 5 (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973)
-Wimbledon: 3 (1963, 1965, 1970)
– US Open: 5 (1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973)
In January 2003, Tennis Australia renamed Melbourne Park’s Show Court One to the Margaret Court Arena. She was the recipient of the 2003 Australia Post Australian Legends Award, and featured on a special 50c stamp. In 2006 she was awarded the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award.
Apart from her wonderful on-court achievements, Court who found a ministry (the Margaret Court Ministries), is also known for her homophobia. She said in particular that Martina Navratilova and other lesbian and bisexual players were ruining the sport of tennis and setting a bad example for younger players.
Enjoy a few pictures of Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt at practice prior to the tournament. 2001 US Open champion Hewitt, played his last match here against Bernard Tomic in the second round. As for Federer, he will try to conquer a 18th Grand Slam title today. Do you think he’ll defeat Novak Djokovic?
Flavia Pennetta defeated Roberta Vinci 7-6 6-2 to win her first Gand Slam title, and announced her retirement during the trophy ceremony. Current and former players took to Twitter to congratulate her.
Among them of course, Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone:
— Francesca Schiavone (@Schiavone_Fra) September 12, 2015
and boyfriend Fabio Fognini:
LA REGINA DI NEW YORK SEI TUUUUUUUUU ! BRAVA NINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ❤️❤️❤️
— Fabio Fognini (@fabiofogna) September 12, 2015
That smile 😊 so well deserved!!
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) September 12, 2015
@flavia_pennetta congrats I'm so happy you won. You deserved it. I am also happy for the rest of your life's journey. I will miss your smile
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 12, 2015
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 12, 2015
Roberta Vinci’s road to the final
|R1||Vania King||6-4 6-4|
|R2||Denisa Allertova||2-6 6-3 6-1|
|R3||Mariana Duque-Marino||6-1 5-7 6-2|
|R4||Eugenie Bouchard ||wo|
|QF||Kristina Mladenovic||6-3 5-7 6-4|
|SF||Serena Williams ||2-6 6-4 6-4|
Roberta Vinci defeated just one seeded player en route to her first Grand Slam final, but what a win it was! In one of the greatest upsets in tennis history, she beat world No 1 Serena Williams in three sets and ended her Grand Slam dream.
This is the best match that I played in my life. At the end when I made a break, 4-3, and served, I was a little bit scared. But in my mind, I say, ‘Don’t think about this, because maybe you have more pressure. Stay calm, relax, and breathe during every single point. Don’t think that you have Serena on the other side of the court.
She will face Flavia Pennetta, with whom she won the Roland Garros junior doubles title, in an all-Italian final.
“It’s an incredible moment, but one Italian will win for sure,” said Vinci.
Flavia Pennetta’s road to the final
|R1||Jarmila Gajdosova||6-2 3-6 6-1|
|R2||Monica Niculescu||6-1 6-4|
|R3||Petra Cetkovska||1-6 6-1 6-4|
|R4||Sam Stosur ||6-4 6-4|
|QF||Petra Kvitova ||4-6 6-4 6-2|
|SF||Simona Halep ||6-1 6-3|
After victories over 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur and 2-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Flavia made a quick work of world number 2 Simona Halep in the semifinal. She was surprised by her own performance:
I never thought I’d be so far in the tournament, so it’s something special. I didn’t play really well in the last week and the feeling was not that good. I just come here and try to practice, try to find the good feeling with the ball, with the atmosphere here, and everything seems to be working.
Flavia Pennetta – Roberta Vinci head to head: 5-4
Flavia leads their head to head 5-4 but it seems tough to designate a favorite: nerves will play a big part in this match as they both will play their first Grand Slam final ever.
|2013||US Open QF||Hard||Flavia Pennetta||6-4 6-1|
|2010||Roland Garros R64||Clay||Flavia Pennetta||6-1 6-1|
|2009||Tokyo R64||Hard||Roberta Vinci||6-1 6-2|
|2009||Palermo R16||Clay||Flavia Pennetta||7-5 6-1|
|2009||Barcelona R16||Clay||Roberta Vinci||6-1 6-2|
|2007||Acapulco R16||Clay||Flavia Pennetta||6-0 6-2|
|2007||Bogota SF||Clay||Roberta Vinci||3-6 7-6 6-2|
|2005||Palermo QF||Clay||Flavia Pennetta||6-1 4-6 7-6|
|2003||Ortisei R32||Carpet||Roberta Vinci||2-6 7-6 6-3|
Roberta or Flavia? Anything can happen today, but the only sure thing is one of the two will become the 4th Grand Slam singles champion from Italy after Nicola Pietrangeli, Adriano Panatta and Francesca Schiavone. The winner will also be the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion.