Dates: Monday, Aug. 26 - Sunday, Sept. 8 Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, FlushingMeadows, N.Y. 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: 133rd Television: ESPN 2, Tennis Channel, CBS, CBS Sports CBS - Mixed Doubles Final - Friday, September 6 CBS - Women's Doubles Final - Saturday, September 7 ESPN 2 - Men's Doubles Final - Sunday, Sep. 8 - 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET CBS - Women's Singles Final - Sunday, Sep. 8 - 4:30-7 pm ET CBS - Men's Final - Monday, September 9 - 5-8 p.m. ET Defending Champion: Serena Williams def. Victoria Azarenka,6-2, 2-6, 7-5 Doubles Champions: Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci def.A.Hlavackova/L.Hradecka, 6-4, 6-2 Total Women's Singles Purse: $9,406,000 Total U.S. Open Purse: $25,526,000 Shares: 1st Place - $1,900,000; 2nd Place - $950,000;Semifinalist - $475,000
Serena Williams notched her 15th of 16 Grand Slam singles title with a dramaticwin over then world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka last year. Serena battled back frombeing down match point to win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Heading into the final againstAzarenka, Serena had not dropped a set the entire tournament.
For the first time since 1995, the championship ended in three sets. The lastthree-set final prior to 2012, was when Steffi Graf defeated Monica Seles, 7-6(8-6), 0-6, 6-3.
Williams fired 13 aces past the Belarusian, who was appearing in her first-everU.S. Open final. The American had 31 more winners (44-13), but also committed17 more unforced errors (45-28). Azarenka defeated 2011 winner Samantha Stosurin the quarterfinals in three sets and then clipped third-seed Maria Sharapovain another three-setter in the semis before losing to Williams.
Williams on the other hand, was barely tested, as she lost just 19 games in herfirst six matches. Williams is 25-2 in her last four appearances at the U.S.Open. Williams is certainly the player to beat at the U.S. Open, as she has won14 of her last 15 matches, losing only to Azarenka in three sets in the finalsat the Western & Southern Open. Serena is an eight-time winner this year,boasting a 59-5 mark.
In a match that was supposed to be a runaway for Serena Williams in 2011,Samantha Stosur stunned the then 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 EvonneGoolagong 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 thequarterfinals in 2010, before losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters inthree sets. To say that her victory in 2011 was quite unexpected would be anunderstatement. "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 unbelievablefeeling. You always hope and want to be able to do that, but to actually dothat is unbelievable."
Heading into the championship, Stosur had lost in the final to Serena in theRogers Cup and then dropped a quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova inCincinnati. But her run in New York was as good as it gets, as she dropped onlythree sets along the way, two of which were tiebreaks.
Kim Clijsters successfully defended her title in 2010, as she put on adominating performance in defeating Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1. Clijsters becamethe first back-to-back winner since Venus Williams won consecutive titles in2000-01.
Clijsters won her 21st match in a row to become the first woman to win titlesin three straight appearances at the event since Chris Evert won four from 1975through 1978. The lopsided affair took a total of 60 minutes as Clijsters tookadvantage of 24 unforced errors by her challenger to win her third U.S. Openchampionship.
Following a two-year retirement to start a family, Clijsters returned in 2009to the U.S. Open in smashing style, as she defeated Caroline Wozniacki instraight 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 VenusWilliams along the way and lost only two sets for the entire tournament. Thewin enabled Clijsters to become only the third unseeded woman ever to win aGrand Slam event and the first since Serena claimed the 2007 Australian Opentitle.
Right-handers have won a total of 119 championships, including 19 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 of28 players with multiple singles wins at this event with eight. Helen WillsMoody is second with seven, while Chris Evert tallied six.
Evert also holds a unique distinction in that she is the only player who everwon the women's singles title in the U.S. Open on a clay-court surface. She wonthe title at Forest Hills in 1975, 1976 and 1977 -- the only three years thatit was played on Har-Tru. Evert also won it three times on the hard courts atthe National Tennis Center (1978, 1980 and 1982).
Many doubles players have won titles on two surfaces, but only one -- BettyStove of The Netherlands, in women's doubles -- was part of winning teams onall three (grass in 1972, clay in 1977 and hardcourt in 1979) in the sameevent. Both Billie Jean King and Rosemary Casals won titles on all threesurfaces in various combinations of women's doubles and mixed doubles.
In the history of the national championships, a player has won all threepossible 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 thelast player to accomplish this feat back in 1987. Neale Fraser was the last manto win all three, in 1960.
The 2013 U.S. Open purse will top $25.5 million. In addition to the base pursethe top-three men's and top-three women's finishers in the US Open Series mayearn up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the Open,providing a potential total payout of $28.1 million. For example, should thechampions of the Series also win the US Open singles titles, they would eachearn $2.9 million ($1.9 million in US Open prize money plus the EmiratesAirline US Open Series bonus prize money of $1 million).
Third seed Maria Sharapova withdrew from the championship due to right shoulderbursitis and Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retired from competitive tennisthis past weekend.