Story by Charlie Crowley, Saint Reporter
Photo Courtesy of Dragan Stankovic
New York City in September can be described as the place to be in America: there’s fashion week, the Mets and the Yankees are either gearing up for the playoffs or slowing down for the year, and the New York Giants prepare for another year – the Jets do too, in their own, er, usual way. However, for the first two weeks of the month, many people from around the world turn their eyes toward the court, and we’re not talking Melo and the Knicks. The 2015 U.S. Open proved to be another one for the books with excitement from day one to day fourteen, and the jaws were dropped for all the right – and wrong – reasons.
Heading into the Open, all eyes were on Serena Williams, who was looking to complete a calendar Grand Slam, having already won the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. Going into the tournament she seemed like a surefire lock, flying through the first few rounds, including a win over her sister Venus in the quarterfinals. However, she was stunned in the semifinal by unranked Italian Roberta Vinci, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Vinci went on to lose in the final to fellow countrywoman Flavia Pennetta, but she still managed to pull off what could be the upset of the year in women’s singles.
On the men’s side, it was another round of the Novak Djokovic show. Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon while finishing runner up in the French Open, came in as the number one seed and delivered, including a huge win in the semifinals over defending champion Marin Cilic, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic headed into the final facing none other than Roger Federer. The three hour and twenty minute match also featured a three hour rain delay, but the crowd of 23,771 saw a classic, with Djokovic winning in four sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The US Open marked the end of Grand Slam events for the year, although many players will be gearing up for next year’s four major tournaments. Djokovic will retain his number one world ranking, and the 28 year old Serbian is on cruise control. Despite William’s loss, she still sits comfortably atop the women’s rankings. Although we say goodbye to another year of major tournaments in the tennis world, it is good to know that it finished off with a bang.