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STOSUR, ZHANG CLAIM US OPEN TITLE

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
13/09/2021
06:00 AM

Sam Stosur and Shuai Zhang have defeated teen duo Coco Guaff & Catherine McNally 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to lift the US Open trophy.

Stosur and Zhang, who first teamed up in 2013 dropped just a single set en route to lifting their second major doubles title together. But their relationship goes deeper than just the tennis court. Stosur and Zhang are close friends, and it was Stosur who encouraged Zhang to continue playing when she contemplated retirement in 2016.

After deciding to keep playing, Zhang’s career has taken off since 2016, and the pair went on to claim the Australian Open doubles title together in 2019.

They reunited again this year, when Stosur returned to the court after taking a break due to covid, and this win in New York is their eleventh on the trot, after claiming the Cincinnati title in the week leading into the US Open.

“It's just a huge satisfaction to know what I'm doing, all the hard work, everything that you do day in, day out still pays off,” Stosur said.

“You can play in an amazing stadium in front of a great crowd, serve out the match for a Grand Slam title. Be like, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’

“That's exactly what we play for, we love those moments. To have those opportunities is just the best. So thankful to still be out there competing, and being able to play the way I am,” Stosur said.

The title is Stosur’s fourth major doubles title, and comes 16 years after her maiden title at the 2005 US Open. It also comes on the ten year anniversary of her 2011 singles triumph at Flushing Meadows.

Listen to The First Serve with Brett Phillips and Sam Groth wrap up the US Open on Monday 13th September at 7pm AEST on 1116AM SEN Melbourne, 1629AM SEN SA / replayed at 8pm AEST on 1170am Sydney or listen live and catch up on the SEN App. 

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