Yesterday I won my fifth consecutive US Professional Singles title! I am over the moon about the result, and can say for sure that it was the hardest one to win yet. After beating Steve Virgona in the semi-finals, I was set for a rematch from the WC with Rob Fahey, and you can bet I wanted revenge!
The first set was very nip and tuck. We were both dealing with the court well, but not finding our openings as often. Luckily the court in Newport plays much more to my style than Melbourne, giving me a slight edge in the match. I took the first set 6/4, but it could have very easily gone the other way.
The second set saw Rob take over. Errors were creeping back into my game, and Rob and I were both struggling a bit with the balls on court. He took control early and never looked back winning the set 6/2.
The third set was the best one of the day, with our level of play stepping up knowing how important this set would be. From the first game you could see the level of play pick up, with more openings being hit, as well as less errors being made. We traded games until 4/4, and then I put together two great games to take the set 6/4.
The fourth set saw Rob get frustrated, and my game come together. I started retrieving everything, stopping Rob from getting chases, as well as extending the points. This was the game plan from the beginning as with the heat in Newport, I hoped I could use the long week of matches to my advantage. That mixed with the severity of the court (the ball doesn’t bounce much in the corners) helped me storm through the set 6/o, and that was the match.
Although it was not the best tennis, the fight was there from both of us and that created a good atmosphere. I can’t believe I have now won the event 5 times in a row! It was an exciting week, and coming off of the World Championship result, I wanted to make sure I ended my season on a good note.
This now leaves me the summer to recover from what has been an exhausting 6 months. I am excited to get home, and spend time with family and friends for a bit. A big thank you to Sergio and Phoebe for allowing me to invade there house for the week, as well as the National Tennis Club for another great event.
Thank you for all of the supportive messages throughout the week, and I look forward to seeing you all very soon!