Hey, everybodyguys, do you remember the 2015 US Open? It may seem like a long time ago but it’s never too late to reflect. Here are some of the things that happened during the fortnight.
Eugenie Bouchard’s misfortune
Oh, Genie. Not only did she make it to the fourth round (the furthest she has gotten in a tournament this year) but she played well and purposefully too. In her second match, she overcame Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 and in the third she conquered a hard-fought match against Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (11-9), 4-6, 6-3. In mixed doubles, she and Nick Kyrgios won a final set tie break to beat Svitolina and Sitak 5-7, 6-3, 10-3 and, in the women’s doubles she and Elena Vesnina defeated Brengle and Maria in straight sets.
All busy and successful until… BANG. An unpredictable slip on the locker room floor en route to the ice baths left her with symptoms of concussion. She was therefore forced to withdraw.
Kyrgios being… Kyrgios
Our Tantrum Tuesdays demonstrate the anger occasionally released by players on court but sometimes, in life in general, annoyance can be expressed in other ways too. Take exhibit A: Refusal. Most commonly found in young children and ‘difficult’ school pupils, it involves sitting out of activities and clearly displaying boredom. They’ll alternate this with other antics to grab people’s attention. In this case, lots of ‘napping’ at changeovers combined with yelling/complaining (“What the hell are they doing letting people in in the middle of the game?”) and clumsy racket throwing.
Nick was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 by Andy Murray in his first round match.
Firsts and lasts with Coco Vandeweghe
On day 1, Coco partook in the first mid-match interview, answering questions in her chair at the end of the first set. “I’m a sports fan, so for anyone to have an insight into an athlete’s mind I think is a positive,” she said of her reasoning behind it.
In her second round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands, it would be the last time she would be using one particular racket. After hitting the ball wide, she slammed the racket against her chair before hammering it consecutively on the ground. Hearing some cheers in the crowd, she raised her arms before giving it one more almighty bash.
Mardy Fish’s career officially come to an end as he made it to the 2nd round before losing in five sets to Feliciano Lopez. “There’s a reason I didn’t retire,” he said in regards to suffering from an anxiety disorder that forced him away from the game. “I figured deep down I wanted to go out on my own terms.” And that he did. We will miss you, Mardy!
(Lopez won 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3)
Of COURSE Lleyton Hewitt’s final US Open match would be five sets. It was the perfect conclusion, summing up what he is: A fighter. And who was he playing? Compatriot Bernard Tomic. The 22 year old took the first two sets but Hewitt, undeterred, evened out the match. In the fifth he had a 5-3 lead but Bernard toiled through fatigue and the heat to win 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5. Maybe this match held more significance than just Lleyton’s last match at Flushing Meadows. Maybe it was a metaphoric passing of the baton.
Rafael Nadal may have lost in the third round to Fabio Fognini but Friday night’s long lasting finish was not lacking in intensity. It was dazzling, passionate and filled with drama. The Italian came from 2 sets down to win 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Then there was Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka on the 6th day. 2 hours and 52 minutes of high quality, highly exciting tennis with Azrenka saving set points at 5-3 down, fighting through a six-deuce game to break back and go on to win the set. Kerber won the second and, in the third, saved five match points to keep the match alive. (It was Vika who won- 7-5, 2-6, 6-4)
Garbine Muguruza and Britain’s Johanna Konta formed the longest match in women’s US Open history with a 3 hours and 23 minute spectacle. Konta was victorious, defeating the 9th seed 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 and, when she followed the win by knocking out Andrea Petkovic, went on to reach her first Grand Slam fourth round having never previously been past the first.
Roger and his SABR
The SABR (sneak attack by Roger) was debuted in front of Novak Djokovic in the final at Cincinnati. He continued to use it throughout this US Open, including his semi-final against fellow Swiss Stan and, of course, in the final. Boris Becker isn’t a fan. Are you?
Roberta Vinci. What more can be said? Nobody expected her to knock out Serena and, when she did, she apologized to the crowd in a heartwarming post-match interview.
The 2015 champion: Flavia Pennetta. One thing would have happened regardless of who won the final and that’s the first Italian woman to win the US Open (and the second to win a Grand Slam). 33 year old Flavia met the trophy with her 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win and then informed everyone that she would be retiring at the end of the season. But this makes her victory sweeter, no? Like a fairy tale ending. What could be a better way to finish off your tennis career than with a somewhat unexpected Grand Slam title?
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Written by Frankie