The U.S. Open women’s final was decided in 59 minutes in a no-frills match that, for the most part, lacked drama and competitiveness.
Nonetheless, it was a happy repeat for 2009 champion Kim Clijsters, who defeated Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1.
Despite the loss, it was a breakout year for the Russian Zvonareva, who reached two Grand Slam finals (also at Wimbledon), and moved up to No. 3 in the world rankings.
But Kim Clijsters owned this tournament and again won over New York with her dominant play, cool demeanor, and even her adorable daughter, Jada.
Here are some of the lessons we learned from Clijsters, Zvonareva, and the women’s draw at the 2010 US Open.