Samantha Stosur is Australia’s first female grand slam singles champion

in 31 years after pulling off a stunning upset over a ranting Serena

Williams in the US Open final.

Stosur produced the match of her

life against 13-times grand slam champion Williams – who resorted to a

wild outburst at the chair umpire – and won 6-2 6-3 in one hour and 13

minutes in front of 23,000 people on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.


result made her Australia’s first grand slam champion since Evonne

Goolagong Cawley secured her second Wimbledon title in 1980.

It was the first time the nation had claimed the women’s singles crown at the tournament since Margaret Court Smith in 1973.


think I had one of my best days so I guess I’m very fortunate to have

been able to do it on this stage in New York where I’ve always loved to

play, so thanks everyone,” Stosur said.

“Ever since I really

started playing and knew what a grand slam was, this was always a dream

of mine to be here one day and I don’t really know what to say or how

how I’m feeling.”

The composure Stosur showed in capturing her

maiden grand slam revived memories of Lleyton Hewitt’s win in the final

on the very same court against Pete Sampras a decade ago.


the match was not without controversy with Williams berating the chair

umpire after receiving a one-point penalty for verbal hindrance.


walked out onto court following emotional September 11 tributes ahead

of Stosur, with the players hitting up in light rain.


for under-fire officials, it did not last long and play started on time

with a calculating Stosur taking advantage of a nervous Williams to

capture the first set in 31 minutes.

However the match looked

like turning at the end of the opening game of the second set following

the controversial decision by the chair umpire.

Williams shouted

“come on” just as Stosur went to hit a ball on the baseline and the

chair umpire penalised the American under the hindrance rule.


decision handed Stosur an early break of serve and it infuriated

Williams as she directed some sharp words at the chair umpire.


also woke up the crowd who booed the decision and a fired-up Williams

then broke Stosur’s serve for the first time in the match.

Williams called the chair umpire a “hater”.


you ever see me walking down the hall, walk the other way,” she said to

chair umpire Eva Asdaraki at the next change of ends.


unattractive on the inside … I never complain… You give me a code

violation for expressing my emotions, we’re in America!”


incident revived memories of Williams’ ugly outburst at a lineswoman

during her semi-final loss to Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.

Williams even referenced it in her initial outburst to Asdaraki on court.

“Aren’t you the one who screwed me over last time?,” Williams bellowed.

“That is totally not cool.”

The incident seemed to rattle Stosur for a couple of games but she held tough and took a break for a 4-3 lead in the second set.


felt the noise going right through my chest it was so loud I didn’t

really know what to think I just tried to stay calm and think about the

next point,” Stosur told Fox Sports.

“Obviously that fired her

up a bit and I was hoping she wasn’t going to get too angry and start

playing unbelievable … I was just happy I was able to close it out.”


Queenslander yelled out “Come on” as she took a 5-3 lead before taking

the match on her third championship point by ripping a forehand winner.