It is always exciting when top tennis players pair up with each-other for big doubles tournaments, and the 2012 Australian Open is no exception. Serena Williams, former World No. 1 has confirmed rumours that she will team up with fellow American tennis player Andy Roddick for this competition. Roddick is currently ranked as the World No. 14 and won the US Open in 2003. Since then he has finished as runner-up at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

Serena suffered a toe injury during the recent US Open and has withdrawn from the rest of the tournaments in 2011. Having some time to recuperate and do things that non-tennis-stars do like play partypoker and relax should hopefully mean that she can then begin to get into fantastic shape for 2012. The year’s first Grand Slam tournament of the 2012 Australian Open will not be the last time that Williams and Roddick will play together. They are also set to team-up during the 2012 London Olympics.

Is this destined to be a beautiful match-up? They are certainly both very talented players and there is no telling what will happen when this talent is combined. The mixed doubles of the Olympics will be a tough test for the two, although this is after the Australian Open so they should be more comfortable working with each-other by then. At least we will know if they are the dream-team or not by this competition.

During the 2012 London Olympics, Serena’s sister Venus Williams is set to compete in the mixed doubles with Bob Bryan, the American doubles star. Bryan has already won a total of 61 career titles, making him a world-record holder. Serena is also planning to play in the 2012 Brisbane International tournament starting on January 2nd.

2011 US Open by the numbers

US Open Men's Final - 027

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For the fourth consecutive year, the men’s final has been played on Monday.

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Sixth defeat in a row for Nadal against Djokovic. All in 2011 and all in finals. Nadal still leads the overall series 16-13.
It would be time to have a game plan and stop playing again and again on Djokovic’s backhand, Nadal. (check out Nadal-Djokovic head-to-head here).

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Victories for Djokovic in 2011, against two losses.

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Sam Stosur ended a 31-year drought for Australian women when she became the first since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980, to capture a Grand Slam on Monday.
Goolagong didn’t wait long to congratulate her, texting Sam Stosur moments after her US Open win to say: “Twinkletoes, you finally have got what you deserved”
Next challenge for Sam: win the Australian Open in front of her home crowd. Last Aussie to capture the title is Chris O’Neil who surprised everybody for her one and only career title at the Open in 1978.

2000

Serena can keep behaving like an asshole: her latest outburst during the US Open final cost her only $2000. Her behavior is simply indefensible.
Chris Evert said she “was so surprised how disrespectful and rude” Williams was to umpire Eva Asderaki and called the $2,000 hit “like dinner for Serena.”
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After that first set I kind of sat down and I could feel my heart pounding out of my chest, and I thought, Okay, I’m a set up now; I’ve got a chance to win one out of the next two and I’ve got a chance.

What a surprise at Flushing Meadows! Sam Stosur stunned Serena Williams 6-2 6-3 to capture her first Grand Slam title.
Sam totally overwhelmed Serena from first point on.
She is the first Australian woman to win a Grand Slam since Evonne Goolagong (Wimbledon 1980) and the first US Open since Margaret Smith Court in 1973.

Congrats to Sam for her well deserved victory!

Sam Stosur, 2011 US Open champion

Serena Williams’ road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1
R2 Michaella Krajicek 6-1, 6-0
R3 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 7-6(5)
R4 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4
QF Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-1
SF Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4

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2011 US Open: daily recap

2011 US Open Tennis

Quarterfinals:

Wozniacki-Petkovic

Pavlyuchenkova-Williams
With her 7-5 6-1 victory over Pavlyuchenkova, Serena moved two wins away from her 14th Grand Slam title.

Kerber-Pennetta
Big disappointment for Pennetta who could have reached a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time of her career.

Stosur-Zvonareva
No drama this time for Sam Stosur, who dispatches number 2 seed Vera Zvonareva in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. First semifinal at the US Open for the Australian, who’ll be the favorite against Kerber.

Djokovic-Tipsarevic
And another retirement.
Between rain delays, erratic schedule and retirements, this US Open has become a big joke. Djokovic will meet Federer for a rematch of this year’s Roland Garros semifinal.

Federer-Tsonga
Tsonga came back from 2 sets down to clinch a 5 sets victory over Federer at Wimbledon this year, but this time the Swiss Maestro dispatched Tsonga 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to reach his 8th consecutive US Open semifinal.
Lendl did even better back in the days with 9 finals in a row.

Isner-Murray

Roddick-Nadal
Nadal trashed 2003 champion Roddick 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in less than 2 hours. 4th straight US Open semifinal for Nadal. Who said he couldn’t play on hard courts?

Fourth round:

41 winners with 9 aces for Flavia Pennetta who qualifies for the quarterfinals after her 6-4 7-6 win over Shuai Peng. In the last 8, she will face the surprising German player, Angelique Kerber, ranked 92.
Another day another marathon match for Sam Stosur. She outlasted 25th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-7(15) 6-3 in two hours and 37 minutes. Stosur had five match points in an epic second set tiebreaker, the longest in women’s singles Grand Slam history, won by Kirilenko 17-15.

Easy win for Serena over Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-4. She next plays Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

After two days of rain, play finally resumes on Thursday! Nadal defeats Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in straight sets 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-2. And Murray sails over Donald Young into quarterfinals.

Third round:

Another big surprise with Sharapova’s defeat. The 2006 US Open champion was knocked out of the US Open on Friday in a shock third round loss to Flavia Pennetta. Semifinalist at Roland Garros, finalist at Wimbledon, Sharapova seemed ready to win her first Slam since the 2008 Australian Open. But she had once again problems with her serve, committing 12 double faults (and 60 unforced errors!).

And the most exciting match so far, the three set thriller between Nadia Petrova and Sam Stosur. The Australian, runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago, outlasted No. 24 seed Nadia Petrova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-5 in 3 hours and 16 minutes to win the longest US Open women’s match of the tie-break era.

Andy Murray came back from two sets to love, to clinch a 6-7 (5), 2-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Dutchman Robin Haase, who needed regular treatment on a back injury.

Novak Djokovic cruised to fourth round with a straight sets victory over former top 5 Nikolay Davydenko.

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal downed David Nalbandian in straight sets to move into the fourth round. His next opponent: Gilles Muller.
No problem either for Andy Murray who dismantled Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Second round:

10 years ago, Venus Williams wrote tennis history by winning the first final contested by two sisters during the open era. On Wednesday, she pulled out of her second-round match due to Sjögren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease.

Seeds keep falling in the women’s draw as Marion Bartoli, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominika Cibulkova and Yanina Wickmayer were ousted at the second round of the 2011 US Open.
Bartoli and Cibulkova were outgunned by rising american Christina McHale and Irina Falconi. (Check out our US players preview here).

Big surprise in the men’s draw, seed Gael Monfils lost to former number one and semi-retired Juan Carlos Ferrero. At times, Ferrero looked like the Mosquito who reached the final at Flushing Meadows in 2003.

First round:

The women’s draw is as unpredictable as ever, but one thing is sure, there will be a fourth champion in as many Grand Slam tournaments this year: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost to Dulgheru, Roland Garros champion Li Na lost to (2011 Australian Open champion, Kim Clijsters withdrew from the US Open with a stomach muscle injury).
5th seed Kvitova committed 52 unforced errors and was bounced on day one by Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru. Li Na was sent home on day two by Romania’s Simona Halep in straight sets.

Maria Sharapova was almost upset by big British hope Heather Watson who lead by one set and a break.

Victor Troicki was the first seeded man to fall as he lost a five set thriller to Alejandro Falla. 2010 semifinalist Mikhail Youhzny was beaten in straight sets by headcase Ernests Gulbis. It was the first Grand Slam match victory in more than two years for Gulbis, who was once seen as a future star of the circuit.

Who will win?

  • Serena Williams (36%, 10 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (32%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (14%, 4 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Vera Zvonareva (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Na Li (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Marion Bartoli (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Who will win?

  • Rafael Nadal (43%, 6 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (36%, 5 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (14%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (7%, 1 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Robin Soderling (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gael Monfils (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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