What. An. Open.
The biggest tennis stars came together in Flushing Meadows for the final Grand Slam of the year, and did NOT disappoint. The two weeks were filled with drama and suspense, mixed in with a few rain delays. Veterans battled young guns, stars were born, and a new world No. 1 was crowned.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane with 14 crazy stats from the 2016 US Open.
Champions Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber were both first-time US Open winners. This hasn’t happened since 2011, when Novak Djokovic and Samantha Stosur won the title.
2. Big Match Stan
Stan Wawrinka is 3-0 in Grand Slam finals and hasn’t lost a tournament final since 2014 – 11-0! Basically, if you play Stan in a final these days, just give up. Oh and, his three Grand Slam wins have all come against world No. 1s – nbd.
Stan Wawrinka career Slams, Masters, WTFs:
At his best when it counts. #USOpen
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 12, 2016
3. Angelique Double
Kerber is the first player not named Serena Williams to win multiple majors in a calendar year since Justine Henin in 2007.
4. Old Man Stan
Wawrinka became the oldest man (31) to win the US Open title since Ken Rosewall in 1970.
5. Stalwart Serena
Serena Williams got her 307th win at a Grand Slam tournament in the third round, overtaking Martina Navratilova for the Open Era record. She ended the tournament alone with 309 total Grand Slam wins.
6. Against All Odds
Novak Djokovic was 51-0 after winning the first set at the US Open… before losing to Stan Wawrinka in the final.
7. US Open Jinx
Djokovic, arguably the best hard-court player in the Open Era, is now 2-5 in US Open finals.
8. New World No. 1
When Serena Williams lost in the SFs to Karolina Pliskova, her stranglehold on the top ranking ended at 186 weeks – tied with Steffi Graf for the record. Kerber was looking out for her German compatriot 🙂
9. Opponents beware
On his journey to the QFs, Djokovic only had to play seven full sets – the fewest by any man in the Open Era. One walkover, two retirements.
10. Comeback Caro
Caroline Wozniacki jumped 46 spots in the rankings (No. 74 to 29) after her semi-final run.
11. Monfils Magic
After more than EIGHT years, Gael Monfils made his way to a second Grand Slam semi-final – and what an odd SF it was…
12. Crowds on crowds
65,797 were in attendance at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on the middle Sunday – a single-day record.
13. Age before beauty
How many WTA singles players were aged 30 or older? 20. How many were 19 and under? 8. ‘Nuff said.
14. Ageless Venus
SIX players in the main draw were yet to be born when Venus Williams made her US Open debut in 1997.