Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the US Open final, but he has won a $940,000 special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand splashed across screens worldwide.
Winning the U.S. Open was an out-of-this-world thrill for Marin Cilic, who gives a lot of credit to Croatian tennis pioneer and coach Goran Ivanisevic for guiding him to grand slam glory.
Serena Williams won her 18th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open on Sunday. Images after her victory
Nishikori's first coach, Masaki Kashiwai, watched along with the other locals at the Matsue convention hall.
Nishikori was already looking ahead optimistically to repeating his feat at the US Open.
Cilic, whose only previous trip as far as the semifinals at a major came at the 2010 Australian Open, used the forced break from competition to improve his game.
Marin Cilic became the first Croatian to win a grand slam singles final in 13 years with his victory at the US Open in New York on Monday.
Tenth seed Nishikori is the first Asian man to reach a grand slam singles final while Cilic is into his first final, less than 12 months after returning from a four-month suspension for what he said was inadvertently taking a banned supplement.
Serena Williams' rise from the Los Angeles ghetto to top of her sport is a tennis fairytale.
Sania yesterday returned to the country after lifting the US Open mixed doubles title on Friday and was quizzed about the Asian Games.
The win took Serena her level with Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 majors.
Left teary-eyed after her Indianness was put into question just weeks back, tennis star Sania Mirza dedicated her US Open title to the country and the new state of Telangana, where her appointment as brand ambassador triggered a political furore.
Marin Cilic beat Roger Federer in straight sets to reach the final of the US Open.
Marin Cilic played the best tennis of his life to upset 17-times grand slam singles winner Roger Federer and reach the finals of the US Open.
I was playing really well and really aggressive, and, you know, didn't wait for the ball," Nishikori said. "Even the opponent is, you know, Novak, I was playing my tennis. Everything worked well today."
Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final after stunning Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Williams overpowered Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-3, unleashing her daunting firepower against the 17th-seeded Russian. Wozniacki advanced when China's Peng Shuai broke down in scary distress due to heat illness and retired in the second set, while trailing 7-6(1) 4-3.