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Serena Williams’ latest stand and new men’s singles shine with all the highs and lows of the 2022 US Open
Serena Williams’ latest stand, life after the men’s big three and a new British hope in Jack Draper… the highs and lows of Flushing Meadows as MIKE DICKSON looks back at the 2022 US Open
- All the highs and lows of an eventful final shot of the season from New York
- Serena Williams steals the show as she pulls the curtain on a great career
- Britain has new hopes in 20-year-old Jack Draper who shone at the tournament
- Iga Swiatek took her third Grand Slam with victory in the women’s singles
The 2022 Grand Slam season culminates in Flushing Meadows on Sunday night as Casper Ruud takes on Carlos Alcaraz as both look to claim their first-ever major slam title.
The winner will join women’s singles champion Iga Swiatek to celebrate the US Open victory in a tournament that showed the life after the big three in the men’s game and saw the final bow of the great Serena Williams.
There were also marathon races, another complaint from Nick Kyrgios, and British hopes for Jack Draper. Here are the highs and lows of New York SportsMail.
Best Women’s Match
It had to be Serena Williams. Her last stand against Ajla Tomljanovic saw her reach a level in the second set that was phenomenal for someone approaching 41, before she ran out of leaf.
Serena Williams said goodbye to tennis by participating in her last game before her retirement
Best men’s match
Carlos Alcaraz showed there will be life after the Big Three with a series of stunning nighttime matches. The pick was his quarterfinal against fellow young gun Jannik Sinner. The tournament was riddled with excellent men’s matches, another was the clinical defeat of defending champion Daniil Medvedev by Nick Kyrgios.
The Serena Effect
She dominated the entire first week, pulling in record crowds and ratings and underlining that she will be irreplaceable. Not for the first time, however, her favorable treatment was shaky. Opponents were disrespected by walking the track and sitting there while a video montage celebrated the ‘Greatest of All Time’ as if this were fact rather than conjecture.
The first week of the US Open was all about parting with Serena Williams before retiring
The trial where coaching is possible from the stands is one of those half-baked rules in which the tennis authorities specialize. Restrictions mean it doesn’t improve the quality of the matches, nor the experience of fans and viewers, while undermining one of the foundations of the sport – that players have to figure things out for themselves.
The standout feat came when Jack Draper dismantled World No. 8 Felix Auger-Aliassime. What a prospect the 20-year-old looks like, provided he can keep body and soul together. An honorable mention to Harriet Dart, who defeated top teen Daria Kasatkina.
There was new hope for British fans in Jack Draper beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the world
It’s no wonder Amazon Prime is considering quitting tennis. Games are getting longer, with even double sets lasting over an hour. No attempt is made to shorten the dead time and the scheduling is ridiculous, bringing matches with talents like Alcaraz at times when no one but hardcore fans will be watching.
Most edgy moment
Ukrainian players still struggle to live with Russians and Belarusians. Marta Kostyuk warned Victoria Azarenka that she would refuse to shake hands with her prior to their second round, and when they met at the net there was only a fleeting racket tap.
Most unusual complaint
Nick Kyrgios objected in his second round to the smell of weed in a city where its use has been liberalized.
There is never a dull tournament when Nick Kyrgios is around and he had more complaints
Trends and Themes
Sometimes the worst organized Grand Slam of the four often produces the best tennis despite itself. Even at a time when a major transition is underway in star personnel, there was enough to suggest that the sport will recover, although innovation is needed.