In undoubtably one of the greatest Australian sporting achievements, Sam Stosur captured the US Open title to be the first Australian female in 31 years to hoist a Grand Slam. In her second Grand Slam final, The Queenslander produced an absolute clinic of tennis to take out hot favourite Serena Williams.
With her shy smile and modest attire, Stosur showed the world that not all Australians celebrate with large fist-pumps and ‘come-ons’. The softly spoken Stosur presented a different image to the world. One of grace, subtle charm, and a down-to-earth attitude. Not that her humble appearance doesn’t mask a fire deep inside; Stosur served, powered, and held her nerve to a victory almost nobody was expecting. Even Serena Williams – the queen of hard-hitting – commented on the amount of power Stosur produced, “She was cracking them today… She definitely hit hard and just went for broke,” she said after the match.
Australians all over have celebrated and commented on Stosur’s victory, from Julia Gillard to Shane Warne to Megan Gale. Onya Magazine would like to join in the celebrations, and say Good Onya mate for a victory well deserved.
It has been a magnificent year for Australian tennis, with Ashleigh Barty and Luke Saville winning the junior Wimbledon titles. Indeed, it has been a fantastic year for Australian sport, with Cadel Evans winning the Tour de France and the Wallabies snagging their first Tri Nations in a decade. Such performances are sure to inspire Australian children and continue this country’s sporting success on the world stage. As for now, we hope Stosur revels in her victory as we wait in great anticipation for the next Grand Slam: The Australian Open.