That may be it for another year on the women's Grand Slam calendar, but we're not done just yet. Oh no. Monday sees
Novak Djokovic face Rafael Nadal
in the US Open men's final. And what a barnstormer that promises to be. It's a 2100 BST start time and we'll be here to guide you through every forehand and backhand, volley and drop shot, winner and error, tirade and tantrum.
For Serena, it's time to regroup and analyse where it all went wrong. Not sure any of us expected her to come away from this final as anything other than the new US Open champion, but that she did. And what of her tirade at umpire Eva Asderaki? Could find herself in hot water, the American. Serena had won all 12 of her sets at this year's tournament before tonight's match, whereas Stosur's record was 12-3. The Australian had also spent almost four hours longer on court than her opponent in reaching the showpiece. UPSET.
Sam's victory also means three of the four Grand Slam events in 2011 were won by players for whom it was a first major. That fact that she won in straight sets means still no women's US Open final has gone the distance since 1995. Great stat.
Stosur parades her trophy and you can't help but be absolutely delighted for the 27-year-old. She becomes the first Australian to win the women's US Open title since Margaret Court in 1973 and the first Australian to win a Grand Slam singles crown since Evonne Goolagong at Wimbledon in 1980.
Anon via text on 81111:
"Why is everyone disgusted? Footballers swear at referees... rugby players fight each other... being 9/11 this match obviously meant a lot to Serena. Emotion and passion part of sport and sometimes hard to control under pressure... just saying!"
Mal, Leeds, via text on 81111:
"So happy for Sam. Years of hard work nearly undone by nothing more than a bully. Get in Sam!"
"I had one of my best days and I'm very fortunate that I had it on this stage in New York. Ever since I started playing it was a dream of mine to be here one day. I don't really know what to say. Serena, you are a fantastic player, great champion and have done wonders for our sport. Thanks to everyone back home for supporting me. All my friends, family and everyone else, thanks so much for supporting me. I look forward to coming back home."
"She played really well, she's a great player. I tried my hardest but she kept hitting winners and there was nothing I could do. It [the point she was stripped of in game one of the second set] wouldn't have made a difference. Six months ago in the hospital I couldn't even stand up, but thanks to my parents and sisters and everyone else I'm here. I'm emotional, I might start crying. I'm happy to be here, it's really good."
While Serena's outburst is sure to make headlines in some quarters, let's not allow it to overshadow the most incredible performance by Stosur. The new US Open champion. This is her first Grand Slam title in only her second final.
Phil, London, via text on 81111:
"I am disgusted by foul-mouthed Serena (such an inappropriate name). I believe she is still on probation...Could the ban come into play? Anyway, I hope she loses."
Hannah via text on 81111:
"I'll be intrigued to hear how Serena defends her actions in her post-match interview. I still can't believe what she said to the umpire. Shocking."
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SAM STOSUR STUNS SERENA WILLIAMS 6-2 6-3 TO WIN THE US OPEN Williams 2-6 3-6 Stosur
An error apiece at the start of game nine. The fans can't quite believe what they're seeing. Neither can we. Serena skews an off-forehand into the tramlines and then nets a backhand. Two match points
. Serena serves... it lands... big forehands... massive backhands... Sam benefits from a net-cord... Serena gets there... Sam puts up a defensive lob... Williams smashes it away. Take two... Sam bats a forehand into the net. How costly might that prove? Not very... Stosur forehand winner for match point number three
. Serena misses her first serve... second lands... Stosur runs around it... WINNER!!!*Denotes next server
*Williams 2-6 3-5 Stosur
Fair to say Stosur is executing the perfect gameplan. Serena makes the early running but Sam pulls the 13-time Grand Slam champion out of her comfort zone by bringing her into the net and unleashing a breathtaking pass. Serena fires a backhand well long for 40-15 and Stosur then arrows a forehand winner past the American. Big fist-pump from the ninth seed. One game away...*Denotes next server
Williams 2-6 3-4 Stosur*
Now it's Stosur's turn to apply the pressure, an inside-out forehand winner helping her to 30-30 before Serena nets a backhand. Another break point
coming up... first-serve lands... rally ensues... Stosur cranks up the forehand... Serena responds with a deep backhand... Sammy sticks with her big-hitting opponent... Serena goes LONG! Stosur breaks
and is two games away from an enormous upset.*Denotes next server
*Williams 2-6 3-3 Stosur
A forehand winner up the line gets Serena off to a good start and she moves to 30-30 will a brilliant backhand down the line. But then Stosur comes up with a body serve followed by a deep groundstroke, forcing her opponent to net a forehand. The Aussie comes through with an off-forehand pass as Serena stands motionless at the net.*Denotes next server
Will via text on 81111:
"Totally unacceptable behaviour from Serena today. The suspended ban from 2 years back has to come into play. Disgraceful."
Williams 2-6 3-2 Stosur*
Serena is still chuntering away but things are calming down a little on Ashe, and the American hammers down an ace to win a solid service game. She heads back to her chair, possibly to resume discussions with the umpire.*Denotes next server
*Williams 2-6 2-2 Stosur
Poor Stosur is this real victim of this all and her chances in this second set look bleak as Serena brings up two break points
at 15-40. Both are saved. Then comes a third break point
... saved again. And Sammy comes through with an ace out wide. Magnificent play under intense pressure.*Denotes next server
Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter:
"What Serena is saying to this umpire is completely unacceptable. We should be seeing the referee (he's probably under a table somewhere). This has affected Stosur much more than it has Williams. A sedate crowd has come alive. She's missing now and nervous. Crowd horribly biased."
Williams 2-6 2-1 Stosur*
Williams holds but forget about that. What went before it is of far greater importance. At the changeover after game two, the American disgraces herself with a on-camera tirade at umpire Eva Asderaki. "Don't even look at me," shouts Serena. "If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way... a code violation for expressing my opinion, we're in America... why would you do such a thing... you're a hater... you're unattractive inside... loser..." Not sure I've ever seen anything quite like that. Apart from
at Flushing Meadows a couple of years ago.
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*Williams 2-6 1-1 Stosur
Serena stands behind the baseline and just stares across the court for what feels like an age as the crowd whips itself into a frenzy. When play finally resumes, Williams wins the first point, points at the umpire and screams an expletive and is hit with a code violation for verbal abuse. This is getting rather tasty, isn't it? She manages to break back
and this match is very much alive.*Denotes next server
Williams 2-6 0-1 Stosur*
Stosur is quickest out of the blocks once more, signalling her intent with a couple of monster forehands for 15-30 and then bringing up two break points
at 15-30. Serena saves the first with an ace but on the second she screams "COME ON!" before Stosur has even had the chance to return it. The umpire awards the point to Sam. Serena is LIVID! A full-on confrontation ensues but umps holds firm.*Denotes next server
*Williams 2-6 Stosur
That has got to be one of the best sets of tennis Stosur has ever produced. She races to 40-0 and three set points
, prompting Serena to throw her racquet to the deck. Sammy then leaves the 13-time Grand Slam champion floundering with a forehand winner up the line. WOW.*Denotes next server
Williams 2-5 Stosur*
Awful, just awful. From Williams, that is. Her game is all over the place right now. A forehand error gives Stosur 0-40 and three break points
. The Aussie comes up with a brilliant return out wide and Serena finds the net. This is a first-set drubbing.*Denotes next server
*Williams 2-4 Stosur
Four gifts from Serena as she fires into the net, twice goes long and the lifts a backhand service return well wide. Take nothing away from Stosur, though, he intensity so far is hugely impressive. She has only conceded three points on serve so far. Interestingly, Sammy has spent almost four hours longer on court than Serena in reaching the final. It looks the other wise round at present...*Denotes next server
Williams 2-3 Stosur*
The three-time US Open champion comes under further pressure at the start of game five, Stosur's power and variety causing her plenty of problems. Sammy powers her way to 30-40 and another break point
but the squanders the chance with a backhand into the net. Serena looks immensely frustrated. However, she manages to bash down a timely ace and looks to her support team as if to say, 'why can't it always be that easy?'.*Denotes next server
*Williams 1-3 Stosur
A mightily-impressive hold to 15 and Stosur jogs back to her seat with a spring in her step. Serena has landed just three of 12 first serves so far - more of that and she could be in real trouble...*Denotes next server
Turning our attention away from this match for just a moment, there has been some good news for British tennis at Flushing Meadows today.
Oli Golding has won the boys' singles title
with victory over top seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic. First British player to win a boys' Grand Slam title since Andy Murray in 2004. Super work from the 17-year-old London.
Williams 1-2 Stosur*
Stosur switches from attack to defence and then back again to bring up 30-40 and a break point
. Serena really being given the runaround out there and she hands over the break
when a backhand sails long. Who saw that coming?*Denotes next server
*Williams 1-1 Stosur
Interesting approach from Stosur in her opening service game. Into the net she comes for a couple of neat put-aways. The 27-year-old races to 40-0 and then holds to 30 with an aggressive forehand that Williams fails to return. By the way, you can listen to live commentary of this match on
BBC Radio 5 live
if you like.*Denotes next server
alex_willis on Twitter:
"Unbelievable stat. There hasn't been a three-set women's singles final at #usopen since 1995. Can Sam Stosur change that tonight?"
Infostrada2012 on Twitter:
"Stosur is 1st AUS to reach #USOpen WS final since Wendy Turnbull '77 and she can become 1st AUS to win US Open title since Court 69, 70, 73."
Williams 1-0 Stosur*
And impressive start from the 2008 champion, opening with a huge ace and then holding serve to 30 with a couple of big winners.*Denotes next server
Williams to serve first. Here we go...
Stosur is contesting only her second Slam final having finished as runner-up at Roland Garros last year. "I just want to go out there and really enjoy it," says the Australian ninth seed. "I've got to play well, it's one of biggest matches of my life."
Williams is contesting only her second Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon 2010 following injury and illness. Here's what she had to say before walking on court for her 17th major final: "It's really emotional. It has been really hard and I feel so blessed and lucky. Today's a new day, a whole new match and I need to be ready."
Is Serena Williams on current form unbeatable? Sam Stosur will certainly hope not. They're about to meet in the 2011 US Open
. Everything points to a Williams victory, but you just never know...