The US Open tennis tournament drew to a close on Sunday and history was made as several competitors broke the groundwork first, while 27-year veteran Serena Williams marked her career by taking part in what is believed to be her final match.
Serena Williams can say goodbye to sports
williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winnerShe said in August that she will likely “develop” from tennis after this year’s US Open, but did not say she would retire. On September 2, she was defeated in the third round by Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5 6-7(4) 6-1.
“Of course I’m still capable. … (But) I’m ready to be a mom, to explore a different version of Serena,” she said. “Technically, I’m super young in the world, so I want to have some life while I’m still walking.”
When asked if she would consider returning to the sport, she said, “I don’t think so, but you never know.”
Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest ranked No. 1 in men’s tennis
Carlos Alcaraz from Spain, defeated Casper Rudd 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 in the finals of Sunday’s US Open, claimed his first Grand Slam title and at 19 became the youngest man to win the No. 1 championship world turned years old.
This year’s US Open is Alcaraz’ eighth major tournament participation.
Frances Tiafoe is the first American to reach the semifinals in years
Frances Tiafoefrom Maryland, became the first American to reach the semifinals of the US Open in 16 years.
He defeated veteran Rafael Nadal in the fourth round before defeating Andrey Rublev 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0) last Wednesday. Although Tiafoe was eliminated by Alcaraz on Friday.
The last American to reach the US Open semifinals was Andy Roddick, eliminated by Roger Federer in 2006. Roddick is also the last American to win a singles Grand Slam tournament since winning the 2003 US Open.
Ons Jabeur is the first African and Arab woman to reach the final
Ons Jabeur of Tunisia became the first African and Arab woman to reach the US Open final.
She defeated Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-3 on September 9, marking her second straight appearance in a Grand Slam title match. She was also a finalist at Wimbledon two months ago.
Automation could replace humans in deciding on out-of-bounds balls
While human officials are typically used to determine whether or not a ball was inbound, Computers might be ready for the job now.
Optical technology made the decision in some of the US Open matches.
Immediately after impact, a recorded voice calls out, “ERROR!” for a wayward serve; “OUT!” for a ball landing long or wide in a rally.
By replacing human linesmen with the optical system called Hawk-Eye Live, “we offer players a fairer playing field with much more integrity and a much more accurate call,” says Sean Cary, who oversees the Office of the United States Tennis Association (USTA ) hosting the US Open.