It's deserving that Sam Stosur should win the 2011 US Open as Sam provided fans with some of the best tennis of the tournament.
Her 3rd round match against Nadia Petrova was the longest match for women's tennis since the tie break rule was created. She lost 2 match points in the 2nd set, only to be broken by Petrova and lose the set. She also lost serve in the 3rd set and stuggled to come back and win. Since I had her going to the finals in my bracket, this was a paticularly tense match for me. View photos from the Sam Stosur / Nadia Petrova match
It didn't get any less stressful in the next match against Kirlenko. She squandered match points again in the second set and lost it in a record-breaking tie-breaker (17-15). But she managed to pick it up in the 3rd and win the match.
Seeing how Zvonereva dominated Lisiki, I didn't have high hopes for Sam to win that match. Instead, Sam Stosur was dominant, winning 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour.
At this point, I definitely thought she could get to the final, but it took her 3 sets to beat the 92nd ranked player, Angelique Kerber.
Serena Williams on the other hand was dominant in all her matches. She hadn't dropped a set. She served up bagels. She beat the number 1 player, Caroline Wozniacki and the 4th seed, Victoria Azarenka. It was hard to imagine that Sam Stosur could beat the former number 1 player and former US Open Champion, given their very different roads to the final.
But Sam was perfect. Frequently serving and sometimes breaking at love, she was clearly the winner, despite the drama around an unusual call by the chair that gave Sam a break in the first game of the second set (to Serena's fury).
Sam won the US Open 2011 6-2, 6-3 giving Australia something to be proud of.
As a result, I lost my bracket, but the joy of watching great tennis, unexpected results and lots of fighting spirit is worth it.
I also plan to analyze her psyche to determine why she is dominant against her toughest opponents, but teetering in matches where she is so close to winning against lower ranked players.
Congratulations, Sam Stosur, US Open Champion!