Australia's Samantha Stosur won her maiden Grand Slam title with a stunning straight-sets win over American Serena Williams.
Playing in her second Grand Slam final of the year, Stosur swept Williams away with relentless endeavor, winning 6-2, 6-3 in 73 minutes.
Speaking after the match, Stosur explained that winning the title was a dream come true:
I had one of my best days, and I'm very fortunate that I had it on this stage in New York. Ever since I started playing, it was a dream of mine to be here one day. I don't really know what to say.
Serena, you are a fantastic player, great champion and have done wonders for our sport.
Thanks to everyone back home for supporting me. All my friends, family and everyone else, thanks so much for supporting me. I look forward to coming back home.
Serena Williams, on looking back at the match, will be disappointed with her performance. The American made just 52 percent of her first serves and found it difficult to rein in her unforced error count, making a whopping 25 to Stosur's 12.
Speaking after the match, Serena congratulated her opponent, saying:
She played really well; she's a great player. I tried my hardest, but she kept hitting winners, and there was nothing I could do.
Losing won't be the end of Serena's troubles, though. Known for being highly emotional, Serena was involved in a outburst with the match referee that brought her a code violation. There is a possibility that any action taken on the matter may activate a suspended three year ban from the US Open that she got in 2009.