Serena William Reigns Queen of the 2012 US Open Women's Tennis Championships
Following all of Serena Williams' matches having attended every day of the 2012 US Tennis Open, I thought Serena was an absolute winner for the trophy and her fourth US Open Women's Single's Title. She had won all of her matches in straight sets and delivered bagels and near bagels, suffering very few unforced errors. The most games her opponents had been able to wrench from her racquet were a total of 6 in one match (second round against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez) 6-2, 6-4. Otherwise, she flew in and knocked out her challengers like the tornadoes that blew in and out of Brooklyn and Queens on Saturday, causing the Women's Finals to be postponed to Sunday. Her demeanor was focused, determined, unemotional and downright bulls eye flawless. This woman couldn't lose.
The first set of the Women's Final yesterday against Victoria Azarenka affirmed the notion that I held. Williams breezed through the set in 34 minutes and Azarenka appeared to be brain dead and somnolent. Then the worm turned and Serena ended up with yolk on her face. Whaaatt? Azarenka was besting her and she was annoyed with herself. Friends and I had looked at each other and happily smiled during the second set. Thought we wanted Serena to win, we didn't want her to abjectly destroy her opponent like she had in the Women's Semi-finals against Sara Errani (6-1, 6-2) or with Andrea Hlavackova in her Round Four non match (6-0, 6-0). We wanted a REAL MATCH! So this was great! Her match against Azarenka appeared to be going to a three setter and we would see more of these two go head to head, truly challenging each other and showing off their phenomenal skills as women athletes.
Whew! We had gotten our wish. The second set was Azarenka's.Thankfully, she had woken up and returned like for like with a 6-2 retort to Williams 34 minute first set, 6-2 win. Now Azarenka shined with her amazing placement skill and fabulous return game. This was a match for all time, in fact there hadn't been a three set match at a woman's final in seventeen years. We were watching an exceptional and historical event.Continued on the next page