Wow. Have you been watching the U.S. Open? In the first three-set women’s final in 17 years, Serena captured her 4th U.S. Open title yesterday 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
Serena with her trophy. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum
Since the French Open, Serena is 26-1, Wimbledon Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and now, U.S. Open Champion (and still only No. 4 in the world?). She’s also the first woman in her 30s to win the U.S. Open since Navratilova in 1987. Serena also holds the record for the longest span of success in the professional era at the same Grand Slam, with 13 years between her first win at 17 in 1999 and now 30 in 2012.
Afterward, Serena said, “I never give up. I never, never quit. I have come back so many times in so many matches.” She also said, “This is the first year […] in a long time, [that] I haven’t lost my cool.” And it paid off. Usually good at giving people ammo to throw at her in regards to her on-court actions, Serena remained mature and professional.
Azarenka was a tough opponent to demolish, having gone 32-2 this 2012 hard court season, with no three-set losses (she was 12-0!) until her loss to Serena in the final. Azarenka was as close as two points from winning the championship at 5-3 in the third.
Azarenka's fighting spirit wasn't enough this tournament against the powerful Serena. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum
But a knight can’t ride without his steed, so what brands got our champions through the tournament this year? Which apparel and racquet company won the tournament this year?
The quarterfinals saw an array of brands that supported the players throughout the tournament, but semis was an all Nike affair in apparel. All four of the women were Swoosh athletes, and Tiff actually wrote a blog about the two finalists, so check out their apparel here on her blog!
Racquets had the 10.9oz strung weight and the 5pt HL balance of the Head YOUTEK IG Instinct in the hand of Sharapova, which is a great racquet for the intermediate through advanced player looking for spin, maneuverability, power and comfort. Azarenka got to the finals with her Wilson BLX Juice 100; a racquet for aggressive players who want a little extra zip and spin on their shots. This fast playing racquet is a must try for intermediate players and up with its 100sq in headsize and 11.3oz strung weight. Each fiber of the 5’4″ Errani needed all the help she could get against 5’9″ Serena, with her Babolat Pure Drive Plus 2012. The longer, 27.5-inch length racquet has a stiffness rating of 70 (phew, high! But I love it!) along with a strung weight of 11.2oz. It brings even more spin and power to every shot over the standard length version. Improved feel allowed Errani to feel extremely dialed in…. To no avail! Serena dominated with her (and everyone else) with her Wilson BLX Blade Team. It gave her an incredible combination of pace and precision, and is perfect for the 3.5+ player seeking power and maneuverability. It has a 104sq in head size combined with its 10.7oz strung weight and 3pt HL balance.
Serena at the Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum
After seeing for yourself, there is no need for justification for the winners. Wilson and Nike are the indisputable champions of the 2012 U.S. Open. Make sure to check out all our offerings online and see if they have any gear to help you out on court. Although the women have finished up their battle, the men will be battling at 4 pm EST for the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Over and out!