By GRACE BANCONE ‘17
Many of us dread the end of August school is right around the corner. But for the United States Tennis Association’s finest, this is the time of year to showcase their skills on the world’s stage: The US Open.
Throughout the year, players fight their way to the top through grueling matchups all across the globe, making stops in Australia, France, England, and the United States more specifically, New York.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of fans flock to Flushing Meadows to see the world’s best tennis players battle it out for the title of US Open Champion.
This past US Open had spectators on the edge of their seats. From the iconic battle between the Williams sisters, to world’s numbers one and two, Novak Djokovic and Roger Feder- er, going head to head in the final, there was never a dull moment.
Though it’s not a surprise for the Williams sisters to be drawn against each other, it’s always a sight to see.
After being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome in 2011, an autoimmune disorder, Venus Williams had taken some time off from tournaments.
Seeing the two playing in the quarterfinals of the 2015 US Open generated a lot of buzz.
For world number one, Serena Williams, this tournament was especially important. After winning the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon consecutively, winning the US Open would earn her the title of a “Serena Slam.”
With such a huge prize on the line, many wondered if Venus would throw the match to her sister, but in the end, Venus surely gave it her all.
After beating her sister 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, Serena was on to the semis.
2015 was quite the year for Serena, not to mention being two grand slam titles away of taking the place of current record holder Steffi Graf.
Serena was a favorite of the Open, and few doubted her ability to perform under this kind of pressure. This is why the semifinal caught everyone’s attention; possibly the biggest upset of the tournament, Serena fell to Italy’s Roberta Vinci 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
After the upset of the century, Vinci faced off against fellow Italian, Flavia Pennetta, in the women’s final.
As if the semifinal upset wasn’t shocking enough, Pennetta announced immediately after being named US Open Champion that she would be retiring from tennis. Talk about going out on top.
The men had their fair share of nailbiters as well.
World number seven, Rafael Nadal of Spain, fell to Italy’s Fabio Fognini (engaged to Pennetta — can you say power couple?) in a marathon of a match with a final score of 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
And who can forget about rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battling it out in the men’s final? After fighting for three hours and 20 minutes, Novak Djokovic triumphed with a final score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Though Federer walked away with second place, tennis fans look forward to seeing the two fuel their rivalry in Australia this January.
From upsets to the battling sisters and every heated rivalry in between, the 2015 US Open was truly a sight to see.