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Super Stosur wins US Open

By Eleanor Crooks

Samantha Stosur clinched her first grand slam title at the US Open last night with a sensational 6-2 6-3 victory over favourite Serena Williams in a match that will be remembered for another moment of controversy.

Williams had hoped to make the headlines for the right reasons on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, but instead a confrontation with umpire Eva Asderaki showed her in a very unflattering light.

The incident occurred in the opening game of the second set when Asderaki awarded a point against the American and Williams was then clearly heard aiming abuse at the umpire.

What it did not detract from, though, was the performance of Stosur, who played near flawless attacking tennis to romp to victory in an hour and 13 minutes.

Williams had not dropped a set on her way to the final, but she was blown away in the opener by Stosur.

The Australian's only previous grand slam final came at the French Open last year, where she had been the favourite against Francesca Schiavone.

She was determined not to make up for that, powering returns back at Williams and breaking her fearsome serve in the third and seventh games before completing a run of 12 straight points to clinch the set.

She then brought up two break points in the opening game of the second and that is where the controversy began.

After saving one with an ace, Williams powered away a forehand and yelled out 'Come on', but before Stosur had touched the ball. Umpire Asderaki, quite correctly according to the rules, awarded the point, and the break, to Stosur.

Williams was furious and she was caught on camera clearly saying: “Aren't you the one that screwed me over last time?”

At the next change of ends she warmed to her theme, calling Asderaki “out of control”, and a “hater.”

The crowd clearly felt Williams had been wronged and initially the moment seemed to help her, with Stosur the one who lost her concentration and her serve.

It looked like the turning point had arrived but Stosur rediscovered her cool and set about taking the game to Williams again.

She really was playing with astonishing power and poise in the face of the crowd and she broke again to lead 4-3 and then comfortably held her serve.

Serving to stay in the match, the favourite erred again, giving Stosur two match points.

Williams rose to the challenge but Stosur brought up a third chance and a stunning forehand winner was a fitting end to a superb performance.

l Oli Golding emulated Andy Murray by winning the US Open boys' title with a 5-7 6-3 6-4 victory over world junior number one Jiri Vesely.

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