WTA: Which brands dominated the 2012 U.S. Open?

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!

Siobhan

ATP – Which gear reigned supreme at this year’s Open?

Novak Djokovic has been dominant in this year's Open with his Head YOUTEK IG Speed 18x20 racquet.

What a great 2012 US Open thus far! Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the two finalists for this evening’s match, have been playing incredible tennis throughout the tournament. Novak has only dropped one set, and has shown his unique ability to shot-make from every position on the court time and time again. Murray has faced some major adversity, being down a set and 1-5 in the quarterfinals to Marin Cilic and down a set again in the semis to the red-hot Tomas Berdych in crazy windy conditions, but each time he stepped up to the plate and delivered with some dominating performances to close out the matches.

Today, I want to feature some of the gear that these great champions are sporting. With so many racquet and apparel companies fighting for dominance, which ones reigned supreme at this year’s US Open?

Andy Murray's been resilient all tournament in his adidas apparel and with his Head YOUTEK IG Radical Pro racquet.

When it comes to racquets, Head absolutely dominated, with both finalists and three of the four semifinalist using their frames. Novak Djokovic‘s hard-hitting game is complimented by his Head YOUTEK IG Speed 18×20 racquet. It’s a ball-striker’s racquet with its forgiving 100 square inch headsize, light swingweight, and super solid feel. Andy Murray‘s YOUTEK IG Radical Pro helps him utilize his creativity and supreme touch all over the court. It’s known for it’s excellent stability and soft feel, along with it’s super spin friendly 16×19 string pattern. The third Head racquet being featured in this year’s semifinals was Tomas Berdych‘s YOUTEK IG Instinct. The Instinct is a player’s frame with some unique specs, it features a strung weight of only 10.9 ounces and a high stiffness rating of 69. This provides the user with a super maneuverable racquet and a crisp, solid feel from all areas of the court.

While Head was dominant on the racquet side of things, the shoes and apparel battle was a little tougher to declare a winner in. With both players rocking their gear in the finals (with Murray head-to-toe and Djokovic in just the shoes), I have to give the edge to adidas in the clothing battle. Murray has been wearing the adidas Men’s Autumn adipower Barricade Crew and the Men’s Autumn adipower Barricade Bermuda short. Both Novak and Andy are sporting the barricade 7.0 men’s shoe.  The barricade shoe line has been a favorite for recreational and elite tennis players for years because of their unmatched durability, stability, and support, and as you can see it still is a popular choice on the tour today.

Make sure to tune in at 4 pm EST tonight for the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Both guys have been playing unbelievably well, showing resiliency under pressure and incredible shotmaking throughout the tournament. They have clearly been the two best players in the draw thus far. I’m going to give the slight edge to Novak in this one, toughing it out in a close 4 set battle.

Andy G.

US Open wrap up with Kveta Peschke

Kveta signing an autograph at the US Open.

Hello from NY after the finals of mixed doubles!

Mixed doubles runner-up and women’s doubles quarterfinalist are the 2 great achievements for the last Grand Slam of the year!

On one side I’m happy to have another 2nd place trophy, but at the same time it hurts as well as I consider that we had 2 Championship points in the super tiebreak!!!!!!

The score was 6-7, 1-6, 10-12.

It’s definitely a great experience to feel the fans at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, having a tight and emotional match. It was my 3rd mixed doubles final here at the US Open, and I wanted the CROWN big time!

I had lots of fun playing here again and I met many friends at the same time as well!! We say all good things come in threes, but in my case it has to be the 4th time :-) I know I’m capable to do that if it’s doubles or mixed doubles.

Thank you all for your support and being part of my 2012 US Open. It was great to share all this moments with you!!!

All the best,
Kveta