Monday, September 29, 2014

US Open

Kevin and I have a shared love for the wonderful sport of tennis. We both have played for years in school and with our families. So it was with much excitement that we had the privilege of going to day 14 of the US Open. On this particular day of the tournament we watched the Men's doubles final and the Women's singles final take place in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The stadium, which is the largest tennis venue in the world, houses the US Open, which is the only grand slam tournament in the US. We didn't have the best seats, but I honestly don't think there was a bad seat in the house. It is built in a more straight up fashion than out like many other sporting venues. It was almost like we were looking straight down on the action. It was such an amazing experience and I'm fortunate that we got to attend! 

The first match ended in a victory for the US! It was the Men's doubles final match which took place between the Bryan brothers and Granollers/Lopez from Spain. The Bryan brothers took the win in 2 sets, 6-3 and 6-4. Though the Bryan brothers gave up a few games, they were pretty much flawless. It was Granollers and Lopez who had an interesting approach. As pictured above, they both stayed back pretty much the entire time which is a little unusual for doubles. Though their unique technique didn't work for them this time, Granollers and Lopez were very polite and gracious as they gave their speeches and said their congratulations to the Bryan brothers.   

With champagne in hand, yes champs at a sporting event, we prepared ourselves to watch the Women's singles final. Now I have a slight confession to make, I was really hoping Caroline Wozniacki would take the win on this one. I know I shouldn't have gone against the US win, but Serena Williams is just a power house and always wins, so I wanted the underdog to pull out a victory.  Despite my wishes, Serena did get the victory in 2 sets, 6-3 and 6-3. They both played extremely well, but Serena just had more points won on her serve (a whopping average of 107 MPH) and had more aces. She had Caroline running all over the court and Serena made it look easy. She definitely deserved the win. Like I said earlier, it was truly an amazing event to attend. If you like tennis and ever get the opportunity to go you should. You won't regret it! Until next year US Open! 

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