Cilic & Williams Reign Supreme In New York

Sep 10, 2014

Marin Cilic and Serena Williams reigned supreme and were recently crowned the respective men’s and women’s US Open champions at Flushing Meadows in New York, while Williams’ title was certainly no surprise to most tennis fans and experts, the title run of Cilic was not only surprising but also very refreshing for the men’s game in general, the Australian Open of 2005 (Marat Safin d Lleyton Hewitt) was the last time we saw a Grand Slam decider not involving the big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the men’s final between the dominant Croat Cilic and Japan’s Kei Nishikori was a breath of fresh air for the men’s game, but was it simply an aberration or is it a sign that we are near a new paradigm shift in men’s tennis?

The form of Cilic and Nishikori throughout the fortnight on Arthur Ashe stadium was so dominant that it would be easy to get carried and think that the reign of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer at the majors is over, but we have heard all this before and Nole, Rafa and Fed have always responded both strongly and quickly to those suggestions, the Australian Open in Melbourne in early 2015 will now be keenly anticipated though by most tennis fans, the results there could be a good gauge to see whether or not the changing of the guard in men’s tennis is in fact upon us, the next Grand Slam probably can’t come soon enough for most of us now.

In the women’s championship, Serena created her own piece of history in New York by notching up Grand Slam title No.18 in defeating her close friend and on court rival Caroline Wozniacki in the final, Williams looked back to her stellar best on Ashe after what has been a fairly dismal Grand Slam season for her up until Flushing Meadows, Serena hadn’t made the quarter-finals of any Slam event in 2014 before she hit a ball in New York, but she put all that disappointment behind her by winning her 6th US Open crown and joining the great Christ Evert and Martina Navratilova on 18 Grand Slam career titles, Wozniacki for her part also had a fine tournament but the Dane was no match for a rampant Williams in the final.

The respective title runs from Cilic and Williams meant that in season 2014 we saw a different winner at all four majors in both the men’s and women’s singles championship for the first time since 1998, is that a sign that slowly but surely there is more depth being added to the game of both genders, or will we see the dominance of the men’s big three and Serena continue into 2015, waiting and watching for that answer should be exciting for all tennis fans as we wrap up the Grand Slam year in 2014 and await the new one kicking off in Melbourne on 19 January 2015.

Written by: Tono

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