September 07, 2010
It didn't have the hype. It didn't get the attention. And by the next morning, it seemed to be all but forgotten. But early on Monday morning, Sam Stosur and Elena Dementieva finished a three-set classic at Arthur Ashe Stadium that was, by far, the match of the tournament.
Playing for a spot in the quarterfinals, Stosur and Dementieva played two hours and 38 minutes of epic tennis beginning late Sunday night and stretching into the early hours of Labor Day. There were 15 breaks, six blown match points (four for Dementieva, two for Stosur) and more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel. By the end, Dementieva was nearly in tears as Stosur was putting the finishing touches on the final-set tiebreak.
Because the match ended at 1:25 a.m. EDT on a holiday weekend and was aired on The Tennis Channel, it didn't get the notoriety it should have. If you didn't see the remarkable third set, here's a six-minute video recap to catch you up:
"That's definitely one of the most exciting matches I've ever played," Stosur said. "The atmosphere out there was awesome. I dug deep and never gave up and made her work for it."
Stosur plays Kim Clijsters on Ashe in the first match of Tuesday's night session.