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  • People paid $5,000 to see two Italians in the U.S. Open final

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet26 days ago

    NEW YORK – Someone paid $5,000 for a courtside seat to see Serena Williams win the calendar Grand Slam. Unfortunately for that person, Williams won't be on the court for Saturday's final. She probably won't even be in the stadium, maybe not even in the city anymore.

    Williams lost in a shocking semifinal on Friday afternoon. Prior to the match, tickets were selling for an average of $1,431, according to Jake Sharpless of the ticket vendor Rukkus. The men's final was averaging $1,346. 

    "According to our data, this is the first time we've seen a women's final in any Grand Slam be priced higher than the men's and it goes to show how excited people are about the chance to see the first Grand Slam in over 25 years," Sharpless wrote in an email Friday morning. They were paying nearly double what fans had paid to see American Pharoah race for the Triple Crown earlier this summer. 

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  • Serena Williams shocked at the U.S. Open

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet27 days ago

    NEW YORK – Shock waves rippled through Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday afternoon.

    Playing a semifinal match that was originally scheduled for Thursday night, but delayed by rain, Serena Williams’s superb summer came to a stunning end, two wins shy of completing the first calendar Grand Slam since 1988. Surprise semifinalist Roberta Vinci prevailed, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

    Vinci came into the match as a serious underdog. The 32-year-old Italian had not played a top-10 seed in the fortnight, and had never beaten Williams – or even taken a set – in four previous meetings. A doubles specialist, this was her first grand slam singles semifinal. Even she hadn't thought she had a shot to beat the world's No. 1, she admitted to the crowd after the match. 

    “This is an incredible moment for me. It’s like a dream. I’m in the final. I beat Serena," she said on court after the win.

    Vinci's initial expectations seemed to be accurate as Williams dominated the first set. Vinci earned an early break to lead 2-1, but Williams took the break right back, then smashed a huge winner to force break point at 3-2. She quickly converted, then converted again at 5-2 to take the set.  

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