There was drama, tears of joy, angry outbursts, the emergence of new talent and some interesting scheduling during the 2011 U.S. Open.
Samantha Stosur played her best tennis when it mattered most, stunning Serena Williams in straight sets Sunday to claim the U.S. Open title.
While Serena Williams, one of the best players of all time, is riding the wave of an incredible comeback, Sam Stosur's chances are slim.
Semifinalists Sam Stosur and Angelique Kerber belonged on Arthur Ashe Stadium, writes Viv Bernstein, but the men got center stage instead.
Saturday's semifinal between three-time champ Serena Williams and world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is the most anticipated women's match of the summer.
"Caroline in the City" has been renewed for another round. Wozniacki defeated Andrea Petkovic in straight sets to advance to the semis, where she'll face Serena.
In action for the first time since Monday, Serena Williams had her game grooving by the second set Thursday, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-1.
Gone are the days when Grand Slam finals regularly featured teenagers. These days, the average champ is strong, experienced ... and in her mid-20s.
She says the criticism of her game doesn't bother her. And Caroline Wozniacki is fighting like a player who feels comfortable at No.1.
The quarters feature such familiar names as Williams, Wozniacki and ... Angelique Kerber? Introducing two of the lesser-known players in the final eight.
World No. 1 Wozniacki came back from a set and 1-4 down to defeat two-time Grand Slam singles champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Though she lost to Serena Williams in straight sets Monday, Ana Ivanovic is again looking like the player who reached No. 1 in the world rankings.
Serena Williams passed another test Monday, looking impressive in her 6-3, 6-4 fourth-round victory over a resurgent Ana Ivanovic.
Sloane Stephens' Arthur Ashe Stadium debut didn't go quite as planned Saturday: she lost in straight sets to Ana Ivanovic.
The early losses of No. 3 Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Petra Kvitova, No. 6 Li Na and No. 8 Marion Bartoli, above, was one of the themes of week one.
Spirited American teenagers Sloane Stephens (above) and Christina McHale lead a talented contingent of emerging young American players.