My Analysis: US Open
Do you think Sania Mirza should also play singles?
After a very long time I saw some tennis on TV, it happened to be the mixed doubles final featuring India’s Sania Mirza. It was great to see her win the title match. Sania and her partner had around 5 match points and they could have lost the match but were very lucky to scrape through.
Sania and her partner won the 1st set easily but they lost the 2nd one badly. Both of them didn’t have a powerful serve as compared to their opponents. Sania’s serve was the weak link but luckily, her team prevailed.
I thought the mixed doubles final would be of 3 sets but it was just a 2 set match and then a tiebreaker of best of 10 points. I think the tiebreaker was a new addition in this particular Slam because the commentators were also confused.
As far as closing of points were concerned, at one point Sania was the dominant partner. Sania played some awesome shots but her game drifted in the 2nd set but as a team she still won the mixed doubles title.
In the men’s singles semi-final, Cilic blew away Federer very easily. Now Roger Federer looks like a pale shadow of his past. I think he is not going to win any more slams. Nishikori of Japan played some awesome tennis to beat the world no.1 Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic didn’t look to be comfortable under the New York Sun. Novak did play well in the second set and I thought he had got the key to send Nishikori packing but I think he didn’t implement the idea of the second set in the remaining match. In the second set I thought Nishikori had given up but boy, what a match he played.
Novak should have attacked more on Nishikori’s backhand, which I thought was his weak link in the second set but Djokovic failed to do that consistently.
In the women’s singles semi-final, the hot and humid condition knocked out China’s Peng, so now the final is going to be between Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams. Unless Serena does something weird or gets knocked down by the New York heat she should win the title match.
Serena Williams demolished Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 in a one-sided title match. I knew Wozniacki won’t prevail over Serena and she proved me right. Caroline is a former world No 1 player but she is yet to win a Grand Slam title and this jinx continues for her.
Serena is now 4th on the all-time Grand Slam winners list with 18 titles, same as Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
Third on the all-time Grand Slam winners list is Helen Wills Moody with 19 titles. Fourth is Steffi Graf with 22 titles, while Margaret Court is on the top of the list with 24 Grand Slam titles.
Will Serena Williams break Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles?
In the mens singles final, Japan's Nishikori lost the title match to Cilic in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He said it was his worst performance. Nishikori had defeated Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic on his way to the final but failed terribly in the final. Nishikori was the first man from Asia to have reached a Grand Slam final.