Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sloane Stephens Dominates Madison Keys for U.S. Open Crown


Attending the women's final yesterday in Flushing was a dream come true. And even though the match wasn't as competitive as we'd hoped, it was a thrill to see Sloane Stephens win her first major title. 


The 3.7-million-dollar woman

What a brilliant and measured performance -- a combination of defense and offense that hasn't been seen since Kim Clijsters -- made even sweeter by attending my first Grand Slam final with Damian and his mother and sister Gabby!


The family that watches tennis together ...


Trophy wives 


Fountains of Walsh


View to a thrill


Today we are bracing ourselves for Rafael Nadal versus Kevin Anderson. Although Anderson's wife was an anti-Obamacare lunatic on Twitter for a while, I'm mainly rooting against him because I think it would be so fitting for Roger Federer and Nadal  to each win two Grand Slam titles this year, something that never even happened in their (first) heydays. 


UPDATE:


Much to Damian & Co.'s delight, Rafa handily won his 16th major, giving him an even bigger majors buffer from Novak Djokovic. It was pretty anticlimatic -- Anderson has never had much luck against his childhood rival and seemed overwhelmed by the setting -- but as a man of a certain age, I'm not going to begrudge an old timer another title. Hardly anyone could have seen 2017 coming. Will be very eager to see if Novak Djokovic can escape that cult and return to form -- and whether or not Stan Wawrinka has anything left in the tank. 


BTW:


Had the good fortune to see Martina Hingis team up with Jamie Murray to win the mixed doubles on Saturday. The Wimbledon champs defeated Hao-Ching Chan and Kiwi dreamboat Michael Venus 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 to seal their second title.


And then to top it off, the Swiss Miss teamed with Chan Yung-Jan -- her mixed doubles victim's sister -- to capture the women’s doubles title on Sunday when they rolled past the Czech partnership of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2. The victory took Hingis’s career Grand Slam tally to 25 -- five singles titles, 13 doubles and seven mixed doubles!


Chucky's in love: Hingis shook Yung-Jan's hand after the match, but moved in for the double kiss on this one -- so Continental. Girl's no fool.


Everyone's a winner when Michael Venus plays ...


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