She did it! She finally did it! After an awesomely fantastic breakthrough year, Sam Stosur has finally won her first title.
Now that makes me happy.
Sure, Osaka's not the most massive title in the history of the world, but it's all Sam's now. She really was overdue for this and I can't think of anyone else who deserves it more. Well done, Slammin' Sammy! May this be the beginning of a veritable flood of titles and general awesomeness!
I was also very pleased with the result of Linz, which saw US Open surprise package Yanina Wickmayer take out the title, beating Petra Kvitova in the final. She's got a whole lot of talent - and an awesome story, as we recall from those pressers in New York - and it's good to see her follow up her great run there with a bang. Looks like we might just have a Belgian trifecta at the beginning of next year - I doubt Wickmayer's going to lie down and let Clijsters and Henin take all the glory!
And then we have Kolya, Mr Cellophane himself. He played absolutely wonderfully to take out the Rafinator and there ain't much more to say than that. Is this the start of a Nalbandian-esque run? I don't know. It doesn't matter, really. But I am very glad that Kolya has another one of those glass shields to add to his Miami trophy. A dude as consistent as him deserves some pay off every once in a while. So awesome work, Kolya!
Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 (Shanghai)
Nikolay Davydenko def. Rafael Nadal, 7-6 (7-3) 6-3
Generali Ladies Linz (Linz)
Yanina Wickmayer def. Petra Kvitova, 6-3 6-4
HP Open (Osaka)
Samantha Stosur def. Francesca Schiavone, 7-5 6-1
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