U.S Open has a prestige of one of the most difficult tournaments, which is one of the reasons that the decade of 2010-2000 showed seven different title champions. Famous names were William Sisters, and the current champion Kim Clijster from Belgium. Also among them is a famous Russian tennis player, considered to be one of the hottest tennis players Maria Sharapova who claimed the title in 2006. Another name was Mary Pierce French tennis player who was a runner up in 2005. The list of female winners and runner-ups of U.S Open tennis championship during 2010-2000 is as follow:
Year 2010-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2010: Kim Clijster
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2010: Vera Zvonareva
Year 2009-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2009: Kim Clijster
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2009: Caroline Wozniacki
Year 2008-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2008: Serena Williams
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2007: Jalena Jankovic
Year 2007-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2007: Justine Henin
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2007: Svetlana Kuznetsova
Year 2006-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2006: Maria Sharapova
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2006: Justine Henin-Hardenne
Year 2005-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2005: Kim Clijsters
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2005: Mary Pierce
Year 2004-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2004: Svetlana Kuznetsova
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2004: Elena Dementieva
Year 2003-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2003: Justine Henin-Hardenne
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2003: Kim Clijsters
Year 2002-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2002: Serena Williams
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2002: Venus Williams
Year 2001-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2001: Venus Williams
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2001: Serena Williams
Year 2000-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-2000: Venus Williams
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-2000: Lindsay Davenport
Australian Open 2011 women’s singles title has been a very special event as famous female tennis player Kim Clijsters won her first ever Australian Open women’s title and Li Na, the opponent of Kim Clijsters in Australian Open 2011 finale, was the first Chinese player to reach the finals of any grand slam. The Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters won her first Australian Open title by defeating China’s Li Na by fighting back into a thrilling match. Kim lost the first set to Li who clinched the first set 6-3. But later on Kim Clijsters fought back bravely and claimed the second set. Although second set turned out to be very competitive for both the players. In second set, Li again took the lead by 3-2 but Clijsters leveled the game and claimed the second set. With this come back, Kim Clijsters got much needed confidence and won the third and deciding set 6-3. The finale of Australian Open 2011 women’s singles event thrilled the spectators and ended the first grand slam of the year 2011.
Many of you might not that it was Kim’s fourth Grand Slam title in her successful tennis career. She announced her retirement in 2007 but made her way back in 2009. It was in 2009 that she bagged US Open 2009 Championship title, only to become the first seeded player and wildcard to win the grand slam title. Kim Clijsters also became first mother to have won a Grand Slam title after Goolagong in 1980. In June 2001, Kim Clijsters was named in the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” feature of TIME.
In tennis, it can be interesting to reflect on past events. Many notable occurrences take place within a particular Grand Slam. There are certain facts and records that are overlooked by many of us but they do make for interesting parts of the tournament. Australian Open is one such grand slams that has offered several different records, events and facts that will definitely interest any avid tennis fan.
Here is the information and facts detail about Australian Open 2004:
1) Names previously unknown to tennis fans, Nenad Zimonjic and Elena Bovina won the open mixed doubles title of the 2004 Australian Open.
2) Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra won the 2004 Australian Open doubles title for the second year, beating the Bryan brothers in the final.
3) Famous female tennis player Amelie Mauresmo withdrew from the 2004 Australian Open quarter final while she was among the top ten female tennis players at that time.
4) Three American famous female singles tennis players Lindsay Davenport, Lisa Raymond and Chanda Rubin made their way into the Round of 16 of Australian Open 2004.
5) Four American men singles tennis players Andy Roddick, Robby Ginepri, Andre Agassi and James Blake reached the Round of 16 in the 2004 Australian Open.
6) Justine Henin-Hardenne, being the top seed player in 2004, won the third Grand Slam, i.e. Australian Open 2004 after defeating Kim Clijsters.
7) Russian male tennis player Marat Safin snapped the 26-match win streak of Agassi at the Australian Open by defeating Agassi in the thrilling semi-final of Australian Open 2004.
8) Among the top ten seeded male tennis players in 2004, Carlos Moya withdrew before the the 2004 Australian Open event.
Famous female tennis player Kim Clijsters is a former world number one professional tennis player from Belgium. Currently, she has been ranked at number 2 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Kim has won forty one WTA titles in singles and eleven titles in doubles. Kim has also won WTA tour championship in 2002 and 2003. She has won 2005 and 2009 US Open singles titles. She has also won doubles titles at Wimbledon and the French Open in 2003. She has been a runner up at the Australian Open once and at the French Open twice in singles competition.
On the 6th May, 2007 she announced her retirement with immediate effect and made a comeback after two years on the 26th March, 2009 when she declared her intention of returning to world tennis. In only her third tournament after her comeback, she won the US Open title in 2009 which made her the only unseeded and wildcard player to win a tournament. She became only the second mother to win the major title. Due to her persistent performance in year 2010, she was awarded WTA Player of the Year Award (second time) only after the following year when she received the Come Back Player of the Year Award.
Kim Clijsters is known for her powerful and deep ground strokes and her court coverage with the fast footwork and athleticism. She is one of the few players who can play on any kind of tennis playing surface. One top tennis player stated in 2005 that Kim’s strength is in her strength to play an extra shot that can devastate the game of an opponent.
The United States Open tennis championship is the fourth and final Grand Slam of tennis tournament every year. Held in August and September every year for 2 weeks, the championship was started in 1881 and is now played at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis. There are final set tie breaks in US Open tournament, however, in other Grand Slams tournaments; the deciding set is continued until it is won by 2 games. The event features men’s and women’s doubles, men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles. You also get to see junior, senior and wheelchair players.
Originally played on grass, the US open shifted to Har-Tru clay courts in 1975 for three years. The US Open surface again changed to current Deco Turf and the game is still played on the same surface. The fast surface offers much less friction and low bounce, thus benefitting serve-and-volley players. Jimmy Connors won the US Open singles title on all surfaces. Hawk-Eye computer system was implemented for the first time in 2006 which facilitated immediate replay reviews of calls. While the outer courts are green, the inner courts are given blue color for more visibility of the ball on a TV screen.
The main court is the Arthur Ashe Stadium with 24,000 seats. Other courts are Louis Armstrong Stadium with a seating capacity of 10,000 seats and Grandstand Stadium with more than 1000 seats. There are 600 male and female professional players who fight for prize money of over US$19 million. While Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Roger Federer in the Men’s Singles in 2009, Kim Clijsters defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Women’s singles.