Samantha Stosur has clinched her maiden Grand Slam victory, stunning home crowd favorite Serena Williams in the rain-delayed US Open final.
A minute’s silence to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 opened proceedings on center court.
Stosur was going into the championship decider as an obvious underdog as she faced the three-time winner, who had not dropped a set at this year’s event.
However, it was the ninth seed who dominated throughout the whole match, allowing her to secure a relatively-easy straight-sets win.
The Aussie’s great performance really made Serena lose her cool. In the second set’s opening game, the American shouted “c’mon” while Stosur was performing a shot on the baseline.
Chair umpire Eva Asdaraki penalized Williams under the intentional-hindrance rule, which prompted an angry reaction response from the American.
“Aren’t you the one who screwed me over last time?” she asked, apparently, confusing Asdaraki with another umpire. “That is totally not cool.”
Serena was unable to calm herself even during the break as she continued her outburst.
“If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way,” she said. “Because you’re out of control, you’re out of control. You’re not only out of control, you’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow!”
Williams may now face a ban from Grand Slam events, as she was on a two-year probation after a similar incident during her loss to Kim Clijsters in the semi-final of the US Open in 2009.
Williams ended the match with 19 winners and 25 unforced errors, while Stosur clocked 20 winners and committed only 12 unforced errors.
The final score was 6-2 6-3, with Sam Stosur capturing the overall title with a forehand winner on her third match point.
“To go out and play the way I did is an unbelievable feeling,” she said.
The 27-year-old became the first Australian woman to claim the US Open singles title since Margaret Court back in 1973 and the first to win a Grand Slam event since Evonne Cawley’s second Wimbledon victory in 1980.