2001 US Open Title Holders
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt proved he is one of the finest all-court payers of modern times when he trounced the tenth-seeded Pete Sampras in straight sets, 7-6 6-1 6-1, to claim his first Grand Slam title.
The 20-year-old Hewitt played some truly breathtaking tennis to subdue one of the foremost legends of the game. The 10-year age gap between Hewitt and Sampras was exceedingly obvious in the last two sets – Sampras looked and played like an aging heavy-weight boxer.
Hewitt, seeded fourth for the tournament, denied Sampras the chance of the US Open crown for the second successive year – last year the legend was beaten by Russian Marat Safin.
Venus, defending champion and the older of the two famous African-American sisters, took just over an hour to retain her title by crushing her spirited sister, 6-2 6-4. Although Venus was by far the more patient and mature player, Serena effectively threw the match with an inordinate amount of unforced errors.
"I’m disappointed but not that much. I’m still young, I’m only 19 and I have a few more years out there," said Serena.
Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett cause a major upset when they defeated home favourites and the number two seeds, Don Johnson and Jared Palmer 7-6(11-9)2-6 6-3 to win the US Open men’s doubles title. They became the first Zimbabweans to lift a Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.
Victory by the number 14 seeds was even more remarkable as Johnson and Palmer are the Wimbledon champions and Davis Cup team members, as well as having the advantage of playing on home soil.
"I can’t believe it," said 2001 US Open title holder, Wayne Black. "I’m sure it will take a few days to sink in. I’m happy to do it for everyone, mostly for my country."
Rennae Stubbs had a dream US Open campaign. She and partner Lisa Raymond defeated Kimberly Po Messerli and Nathalie Tauziat in three sets to claim the women’s doubles title, 6-2 5-7 7-5.
Earlier in the week she and fellow countryman, Australia’s Todd Woodbridge, claimed the mixed doubles by beating none other than Lisa Raymond and her partner, Leander Paes.
The top seeds had to lift their game to win the gruelling encounter against the number four seeds. They can now add the US Open title to their Wimbledon success.
"Winning Wimbledon was a dream come true and now winning the US Open… it’s just surreal," said Australian Stubbs
The Australian tandem of Rennae Stubbs and Todd Woodbridge walked away victorious with the mixed doubles title at the US Open in New York.
The number one seeds beat Lisa Raymond and Leander Paes 6-4 5-7 7-6(11/9) in one of the most dramatic victories in the history of the US Open. The match was a marathon event and only decided in an astounding final set tiebreak.
"It feels great. It’s very special because Rennae and I have been playing at the same junior tournaments since we’re eight years old," Woodbridge said.