2011 US Open Results
While the men’s side of the 2011 US Open results produced a predictable outcome when Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 at Flushing Meadows to cap a wonderful year which has also seen him win grand slam titles in Australia and at Wimbledon. The French Open is the only major to elude him, and after losing to Roger Federer in the semis this year, the Serbian was already dreaming of glory at Roland Garros to complete the career slam. Djokovic has targeted a career Grand Slam after ending a stunning run of success at the 2011 majors with victory at the US Open.
When asked if that was an objective for 2012, Djokovic replied: “Sure. Why not? There are still a lot of things to prove to myself and to the tennis world. I still want to win many more events, many more major events.” Djokovic added, “So it would be unbelievable to be able to complete the Grand Slam, to win the French Open. It’s something that is definitely an ambition, but it’s going to take time.” No-Djo entered 2011 with just one grand slam title to his name and seemed forever destined to be considered in a class below Nadal and Federer. Things have changed very quickly in the Tennis world and Djokovic is now an opponent that is feared by everyone.
Get $50 of Free Picks Now No Obligation. On the ladies’ side, Samantha Stosur took care of her business in the finals, knocking off the heavily favored Serena Williams by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Serena Williams’s hot temper on the court at the U.S. Open this year will cost her, but it won’t cost her much. Her verbal abuse of one of the chair umpires has earned her a $2,000 fine, which is far less than one percent of the $1.4 million that the tennis star earned in prize money at the tournament. After becoming incensed when the chair ump, Eva Asderaki, awarded a point to her opponent because Williams had interrupted her return volley with a loud exclamation. At that point, things got a little out of hand after Serena Williams flew into a rage, with her sister, Venus, watching from the stands.
Williams ranted, “A code violation because I expressed who I am? We’re in America last I checked. Am I gonna get violated for a water? Really, don’t even look at me. I promise you, don’t look at me because I am not the one. Serena continued to say “Don’t look my way. If you ever see me walking down the hall, walk the other way. Because you’re out of control; totally out of control. You’re a hater, you’re unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain. Wow.” Williams was already on probation after another outburst in 2009, but her probation has been lifted and she will receive no further tournament bans. To put the fine into perspective, Williams got paid about $2,656 per minute she was on the court during the tournament. Which means the amount she’s being fined was earned in less than a minute on the court.