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2012 U.S. Open Tennis Championships - Women
From The Sports Network
Dates: Monday, August 27th through Sunday, September 9th
Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York
Capacity:
Arthur Ashe Stadium: 23,700; Louis Armstrong Stadium: 10,000;
Grandstand: 6,000; Court 4 & 7: 1,484; Court 11: 1,604
Remaining Courts: 288-742
Surface: DecoTurf 2 (Hard Court)
Annual: 126th
Television:
ESPN 2, Tennis Channel, CBS, CBS Sports
ESPN 2 - Mixed Doubles Final - Thursday, September 6
CBS - Men's Doubles Final - Friday, September 7
CBS - Women's Final - Saturday, September 8 - 8-10 p.m. ET
ESPN 2 - Women's Doubles Final - Sunday, Sep. 9 - 12:30-2:30 pm ET
CBS - Men's Final - Sunday, September 9 - 4-7 p.m. ET
Defending Champion: Samantha Stosur def. Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Champions: Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond def. Vania King/Yaroslava Shvedova
Total Women's Singles Purse: $18,812,000; Total Purse: $25,526,000
Shares: 1st Place - $1,900,000; 2nd Place - $950,000; Semifinalist - $475,000
Seeded Players
Rank PlayerRank Player
1 Victoria Azarenka 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2 Agnieszka Radwanska - A 18 Julia Goerges
3 Maria Sharapova - F 19 Nadia Petrova
4 Serena Williams - W 20 Roberta Vinci
5 Petra Kvitova 21 Christina McHale
6 Angelique Kerber 22 Francesca Schiavone
7 Samantha Stosur - U 23 Kim Clijsters
8 Carolien Wozniacki 24 Klara Zakopalova
9 Li Na 25 Yanina Wickmayer
10 Sara Errani 26 Monica Niculescu
11 Marion Bartoli 27 Anabel Medina Garrigues
12 Ana Ivanovic 28 Petra Cetkovska
13 Dominika Cibulkova 29 Jie Zheng
14 Maria Kirilenko 30 Tamira Paszek
15 Lucie Safarova 31 Jelena Jankovic
16 Sabine Lisicki 32 Varvara Lepchenko
U - Defending U.S. Open Champion
A - Australian Open Champion
F - French Open Champion
W - Wimbledon Champion
Top Contenders in the Field
  Player (Open Record) 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Samantha Stosur (13-7) --- 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd QF Won
Serena Williams (58-9) --- QF 4th 4th QF Won SF --- Rup
Caroline Wozniacki (20-5) --- --- --- --- 2nd 4th Rup SF SF
Angelique Kerber (6-4) --- --- --- --- 1st --- 2nd 1st SF
A. Pavlyuchenkova (8-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 4th QF
Andrea Petkovic (8-4) --- --- --- --- 2nd --- 1st 4th QF
F. Schiavone (28-12) QF 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 4th QF 4th
Ana Ivanovic (12-7) --- --- 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 1st 4th 4th
Maria Kirilenko (15-9) 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 4th
Peng Shuai (7-7) ---- --- 1st 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 4th
Sabine Lisicki (5-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 2nd 2nd 4th
C. Suarez Navarro (4-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 1st 4th
Monica Niculescu (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 1st 4th
Maria Sharapova (24-7) 2nd 3rd SF Won 3rd --- 3rd 4th 3rd
Jelena Jankovic (23-8) --- 2nd 3rd SF QF Rup 2nd 3rd 3rd
Victoria Azarenka (12-6) --- --- --- 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd
Julia Goerges (3-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd
Nadia Petrova (24-12) 4th QF QF 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 3rd
A. Medina Garrigues (9-9) --- 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd
Christina McHale (3-3) --- --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 3rd
Roberta Vinci (3-9) --- 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Lucie Safarova (5-7) --- --- 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd
Venus Williams (61-10) --- 4th QF --- SF QF 4th SF 2nd
Dominika Cibulkova (8-4) --- --- --- --- 2nd 3rd --- QF 2nd
Yanina Wickmayer (9-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st SF 4th 2nd
Shahar Peer (15-7) --- --- 3rd 4th QF 1st 3rd 4th 2nd
Jie Zheng (8-7) --- 1st 2nd 2nd --- 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd
Marion Bartoli (16-10) 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd
Agnieska Radwanska (10-6) --- --- --- 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd
Tsvetana Pironkova (3-6) --- --- --- 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd
Alize Cornet (6-5) --- --- --- --- 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd
Jarmila Gajdosova (3-5) --- --- --- 3rd 1st --- 1st 1st 2nd
Petra Cetkovska (2-3) --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st --- --- 2nd
Mona Barthel (1-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2nd
Dan. Hantuchova (16-11) 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 4th 3rd 1st
Petra Kvitova (5-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 4th 3rd 1st
Sara Errani (6-5) --- --- --- --- 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st
Tamira Paszek (5-4) --- --- --- --- 4th 2nd --- 2nd 1st
Li Na (10-6) --- --- 1st 4th --- 4th QF 1st 1st
Sorana Cirstea (3-4) --- --- --- --- --- 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
Klara Zakopalova (0-8) 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st --- 1st 1st
Kim Clijsters (37-5) Rup --- Won --- --- --- Won Won ---
Varvara Lepchenko (1-3) --- --- --- 2nd --- 1st --- 1st ---
1st - First Round Loser QF - Quarterfinalist
2nd - Second Round SF - Semifinalist
3rd - Third Round Rup - Runner-up
4th - Fourth Round --- - Did not play
Past Winners and Runners-up
YearWinner (runner-up and scores)
2011 Samantha Stosur def. Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-3
2010 Kim Clijsters def. Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1
2009 Kim Clijsters def. Caroline Wozniacki, 7-5, 6-3
2008 Serena Williams def. Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5
2007 Justine Henin def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-3
2006 Maria Sharapova def. Justine Henin-Hardenne, 6-4, 6-4
2005 Kim Clijsters def. Mary Pierce, 6-3, 6-1
2004 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Elena Dementieva, 6-3, 7-5
2003 Justine Henin-Hardenne def. Kim Clijsters, 7-5, 6-1
2002 Serena Williams def. Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-3
2001 Venus Williams def. Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4
2000 Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport, 6-4, 7-5
1999 Serena Williams def. Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
1998 Lindsay Davenport def. Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-5
1997 Martina Hingis def. Venus Williams, 6-0, 6-4
1996 Steffi Graf def. Monica Seles, 7-5, 6-4
1995 Steffi Graf def. Monica Seles, 7-6 (8-6), 0-6, 6-3
1994 Aranxta Sanchez Vicario def. Steffi Graf, 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
1993 Steffi Graf def. Helena Sukova, 6-3, 6-3
1992 Monica Seles def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, 6-3, 6-3
1991 Monica Seles def. Martina Navratilova, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1
1990 Gabriela Sabatini def. Steffi Graf, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
1989 Steffi Graf def. Martina Navratilova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
1988 Steffi Graf def. Gabriela Sabatini, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
1987 Martina Navratilova def. Steffi Graf, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
1986 Martina Navratilova def. Helena Sukova, 6-3, 6-2
1985 Hana Mandlikova def. Martina Navratilova, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6
1984 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
1983 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-1, 6-3
1982 Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Hana Mandlikova, 6-3, 6-1
1981 Tracy Austin def. Martina Navratilova, 1-6, 7-6, 7-6
1980 Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Hana Mandlikova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
1979 Tracy Austin def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-4, 6-3
1978 Chris Evert def. Pam Shriver, 7-6, 6-4
1977 Chris Evert def. Wendy Turnbull, 7-6, 6-2
1976 Chris Evert def. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, 6-3, 6-0
1975 Chris Evert def. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
1974 Billie Jean King def. Evonne Goolagong, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
1973 Margaret Smith-Court def. Evonne Goolagong, 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
1972 Billie Jean King def. Kerry Melville, 6-3, 7-5
1971 Billie Jean King def. Rosie Casals, 6-4, 7-6
1970 Margaret Smith-Court def. Rosie Casals, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
1969 Margaret Smith-Court def. Nancy Richey, 6-2, 6-2
1968 Virginia Wade def. Billie Jean King, 6-4, 6-4
1967 Billie Jean King def. Ann Haydon-Jones, 11-9, 6-4
1966 Maria Bueno def. Nancy Richey, 6-3, 6-1
1965 Margaret Smith def. Billie Jean Moffitt, 8-6, 7-5
1964 Maria Bueno def. Carole Graebner, 6-1, 6-0
1963 Maria Bueno def. Margaret Smith, 7-5, 6-4
1962 Margaret Smith def. Darlene Hard, 9-7, 6-4
1961 Darlene Hard def. Ann Haydon, 6-3, 6-4
1960 Darlene Hard def. Maria Bueno, 6-4, 10-12, 6-4
1959 Maria Bueno def. Christine Truman, 6-1, 6-4
1958 Althea Gibson def. Darlene Hard, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
1957 Althea Gibson def. Louise Brough, 6-3, 6-2
1956 Shirley Fry def. Althea Gibson, 6-3, 6-4
1955 Doris Hart def. Patricia Ward, 6-4, 6-2
1954 Doris Hart def. Louise Brough, 6-8, 6-1, 8-6
1953 Maureen Connolly def. Doris Hart, 6-2, 6-4
1952 Maureen Connolly def. Doris Hart, 6-3, 7-5
1951 Maureen Connolly def. Shirley Fry, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
1950 Margaret Osborne-DuPont def. Doris Hart, 6-4, 6-3
1949 Margaret Osborne-DuPont def. Doris Hart, 6-4, 6-1
1948 Margaret Osborne-DuPont def. Louise Brough, 4-6, 6-4, 15-13
1947 Louise Brough def. Margaret Osborne, 8-6, 4-6, 6-1
1946 Pauline Betz def. Patricia Canning, 11-9, 6-3
1945 Sarah Palfrey-Cooke def. Pauline Betz, 3-6, 8-6, 6-4
1944 Pauline Betz def. Margaret Osborne, 6-3, 8-6
1943 Pauline Betz def. Louise Brough, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
1942 Pauline Betz def. Louise Brough, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
1941 Sarah Palfrey-Cooke def. Pauline Betz, 7-5, 6-2
1940 Alice Marble def. Helen Jacobs, 6-2, 6-3
1939 Alice Marble def. Helen Jacobs, 6-0, 8-10, 6-4
1938 Alice Marble def. Nancye Wynne, 6-0, 6-3
1937 Anita Lizane def. Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, 6-4, 6-2
1936 Alice Marble def. Helen Jacobs, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1935 Helen Jacobs def. Sara Palfrey-Fabyan, 6-2, 6-4
1934 Helen Jacobs def. Sarah Palfrey, 6-1, 6-4
1933 Helen Jacobs def. Helen Wills-Moody, 8-6, 3-6, 3-0 (ret)
1932 Helen Jacobs def. Carolin Babcock, 6-2, 6-2
1931 Helen Wills-Moody def. Eileen Whitingstall, 6-4, 6-1
1930 Betty Nuthall def. Anna McCune-Harper, 6-1, 6-4
1929 Helen Wills def. Phoebe Holcroft-Watson, 6-4, 6-2
1928 Helen Wills def. Helen Jacobs, 6-2, 6-1
1927 Helen Wills def. Betty Nuthall, 6-1, 6-4
1926 Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory def. Elizabeth Ryan, 4-6, 6-4, 9-7
1925 Helen Wills def. Kathleen McKane, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
1924 Helen Wills def. Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory, 6-1, 6-3
1923 Helen Wills def. Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory, 6-2, 6-1
1922 Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory def. Helen Wills, 6-3, 6-1
1921 Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory def. Mary Browne, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1920 Molla Bjurstedt-Mallory def. Marion Zinderstein, 6-3, 6-1
1919 Hazel Hotchkiss-Wightman def. Marion Zinderstein, 6-1, 6-2
1918 Molla Bjurstedt def. Eleanor Goss, 6-4, 6-3
1917 Molla Bjurstedt def. Marion Vanderhoef, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
1916 Molla Bjurstedt def. Louisie Hammond Raymond, 6-0, 6-1
1915 Molla Bjurstedt def. Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
1914 Mary Browne def. Marie Wagner, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
1913 Mary Browne def. Dorothy Green, 6-2, 7-5
1912 Mary Browne def. Eleanora Sears, 6-4, 6-2
1911 Hazel Hotchkiss def. Florence Sutton, 8-10, 6-1, 9-7
1910 Hazel Hotchkiss def. Louise Hammond, 6-4, 6-2
1909 Hazel Hotchkiss def. Maud Barger-Wallach, 6-0, 6-1
1908 Maud Barger-Wallach def. Evelyn Sears, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
1907 Evelyn Sears def. Carrie Neely, 6-3, 6-2
1906 Helen Homans def. Maud Barger-Wallach, 6-4, 6-3
1905 Elizabeth Moore def. Helen Homans, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
1904 May Sutton def. Elizabeth Moore, 6-1, 6-2
1903 Elizabeth Moore def. Marion Jones, 7-5, 8-6
1902 Marion Jones def. Elizabeth Moore, 6-1, 1-0 (ret)
1901 Elizabeth Moore def. Myrtle McAteer, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
1900 Myrtle McAteer def. Edith Parker, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0
1899 Marion Jones def. Maud Banks, 6-1, 6-1, 7-5
1898 Juliette Atkinson def. Marion Jones, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
1897 Juliette Atkinson def. Elizabeth Moore, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3
1896 Elizabeth Moore def. Juliette Atkinson, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
1895 Juliette Atkinson def. Helen Hellwig , 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
1894 Helen Hellwig def. Aline Terry, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
1893 Aline Terry def. Alice Schultze, 6-1, 6-3
1892 Mabel Cahill def. Elizabeth Moore, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
1891 Mabel Cahill def. Ellen C. Roosevelt, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
1890 Ellen C. Roosevelt def. Bertha L. Townsend, 6-2, 6-2
1889 Bertha L. Townsend def. Louisie Voorhes, 7-5, 6-2
1888 Bertha L. Townsend def. Ellen Hensell, 6-3, 7-5
1887 Ellen Hansell def. Laura Knight, 6-1, 6-0
NOTES:
In a match that was supposed to be a runaway for Serena Williams, Samantha Stosur stunned the 13-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, to capture her first U.S. Open championship.

Stosur became the first Australian woman to win a Grand Slam title since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won at Wimbledon in 1980, doing so against a future Hall-of-Famer who had not lost a set leading up to the final.

After five lackluster appearances at the U.S. Open, Stosur reached the quarterfinals in 2010, before losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters in three sets.

To say that her victory last year was quite unexpected would be an understatement. "I can't actually believe I won this tournament," Stosur said. "To go out there and play the way I did is obviously just an unbelievable feeling. You always hope and want to be able to do that, but to actually do that is unbelievable."

Heading into the championship, Stosur had lost in the final to Serena in the Rogers Cup and then dropped a quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova in Cincinnati. But her run in New York was as good as it gets, as she dropped only three sets along the way, two of which were tiebreaks.

For the 16th straight year, the championship ended in two sets. The last three-set final was back in 1995, when Steffi Graf defeated Monica Seles, 7-6 (8-6), 0-6, 6-3.

Kim Clijsters successfully defended her title in 2010, as she put on a dominating performance in defeating Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1. Clijsters became the first back-to-back winner since Venus Williams won consecutive titles in 2000-01.

Clijsters won her 21st match in a row to become the first woman to win titles in three straight appearances at the event since Chris Evert won four from 1975 through 1978. The lopsided affair took a total of 60 minutes as Clijsters took advantage of 24 unforced errors by her challenger to win her third U.S. Open championship.

Following a two-year retirement to start a family, Clijsters returned in 2009 to the U.S. Open in smashing style, as she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to become the first-ever female to win the event as a wild card.

Clijsters dominated the championship, as she defeated both Serena and Venus Williams along the way and lost only two sets for the entire tournament. The win enabled Clijsters to become only the third unseeded woman ever to win a Grand Slam event and the first since Serena claimed the 2007 Australian Open title.

Right-handers have won a total of 118 championships, including 18 straight, while left-handers have won seven. Martina Navratilova (4) and Monica Seles (2) have won six of the seven by lefties. Molla Bjurstedt Mallory leads the list of 28 players with multiple singles wins at this event with eight. Helen Wills Moody is second with seven, while Chris Evert tallied six.

Evert also holds a unique distinction in that she is the only player who ever won the women's singles title in the U.S. Open on a clay-court surface. She won the title at Forest Hills in 1975, 1976 and 1977 -- the only three years that it was played on Har-Tru. Evert also won it three times on the hard courts at the National Tennis Center (1978, 1980 and 1982).

Many doubles players have won titles on two surfaces, but only one -- Betty Stove of The Netherlands, in women's doubles -- was part of winning teams on all three (grass in 1972, clay in 1977 and hardcourt in 1979) in the same event. Both Billie Jean King and Rosemary Casals won titles on all three surfaces in various combinations of women's doubles and mixed doubles.

In the history of the national championships, a player has won all three possible titles (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) in the same year 30 times. It's been done by 21 players -- 15 women and 6 men. Martina Navratilova was the last player to accomplish this feat back in 1987. Neale Fraser was the last man to win all three, in 1960.

The 2012 U.S. Open purse will top $25.5 million, marking the fifth consecutive year that the tournament's prize money has increased by $1 million or more. In addition to the base purse, the top-three men's and top-three women's finishers in the US Open Series may earn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the Open, providing a potential total payout of $28.1 million.

Both the men's and women's U.S. Open singles champions will earn a record $1.9 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.6 million potential payout) based on their performances in the US Open Series.

Top players who have withdrawn from the championship are Vera Zvonareva (viral illness), Svetlana Kuznetsova (knee), Kaia Kinepi (Achilles) and Flavia Pennetta (wrist).