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2012 US Open (tennis)

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Grand Slam (ITF)

New York City, USA

2012 US Open (tennis)

August 27 – September 10

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center


Men's Singles
Andy Murray

Women's Singles
Serena Williams

The 2012 US Open was a tennis tournament played on the outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, of Queens, New York City, United States. It was played from August 27 to September 10. As a result of adverse weather conditions on September 8, which included a full evacuation of the National Tennis Center because of an upcoming tornado, another day was added to the schedule for the fifth straight year, with the women's final postponed to the afternoon of Sunday, September 9 rather than the previous evening, the men's semi-final between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer suspended on September 8 and completed on September 9, and the men's final postponed to the afternoon of Monday, September 10.


Djokovic and Samantha Stosur were the defending men's and women's champions respectively. Both were unsuccessful in their title defences; Stosur being narrowly defeated by World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals, and Djokovic defeated in the final by Andy Murray. Murray became the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win a Grand Slam singles title, and the first man to win both the US Open and the Olympic men's singles gold medal in the same year. In the women's draw, Serena Williams won her fourth US Open title, and first since 2008, by defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final.


  • 2010 champion and 2011 finalist Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament because of a knee injury.
  • 2010 finalist Vera Zvonareva also withdrew from the tournament due to illness.
  • Two former World No. 1s and US Open champions ended their careers after this year's US Open. Three-time women's champion Kim Clijsters suffered her first defeat at Flushing Meadows since losing the 2003 final to her compatriot and rival Justine Henin, when she was defeated in the second round by Laura Robson. This loss marked the end of Clijsters' singles career. American Andy Roddick, who won in 2003, retired from professional tennis with his loss against 2009 champion Juan Martín del Potro in the fourth round.
  • Robson followed up her upset of Clijsters with a third round victory against Li Na, making the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, and this was also the first British woman to reach the fourth round in any Grand Slam since Samantha Smith did so in 1998 Wimbledon.
  • On September 3, John Isner and Philipp Kohlschreiber finished play at 2:26 am, tying the 1993 Mats Wilander/Mikael Pernfors record for the latest-ever finish to a matchday at the tournament.
  • Serena Williams won 23 consecutive games from 4–4 in the first set against Ekaterina Makarova in the third round through to 3–0 in the first set against Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals.
  • After 17 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments without a quarter-final appearance, Ivanovic reached that stage for the first time since winning the 2008 French Open.
  • Ivanovic, Marion Bartoli and Roberta Vinci all advanced to the US Open quarter-finals for the first time. For Vinci, this was her first Grand Slam quarter-final, eleven years and 31 Grand Slam tournaments after debuting at the 2001 US Open.
  • Maria Sharapova returned to the semi-finals for the first time since 2006, and Sara Errani advanced to her first ever US Open semi-final.
  • Serena Williams advanced to her second straight US Open final, and her sixth overall. She defeated Victoria Azarenka in the first three-set final to be decided since 1995.
  • In the men's draw, Tomáš Berdych advanced to his first US Open quarter-final by virtue of his three-set win against Nicolás Almagro in the fourth round. He then advanced to the semi-finals after upsetting five-time US Open champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.
  • With Federer's defeat, this meant that for the first time since the 2004 French Open, neither Federer nor Nadal featured in a Grand Slam semi-final.
  • With their victory in the men's doubles final, Bob and Mike Bryan took sole possession of the Open-era record for most Grand Slam men's doubles titles. Their 12th Grand Slam title took them past The Woodies (Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde). The win was also their fourth at the US Open, tying the Open-era record of Bob Lutz and Stan Smith.
  • The women's final between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams was postponed to Sunday, due to inclement weather, for the fourth time in five years.
  • The second men's semi-final between David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic was also postponed to Sunday, also due to inclement weather, with the men's final to be played on Monday for the fifth year in a row.
  • Andy Murray became the first British winner of a Grand Slam singles title since 1977, and the first British man to do so since 1936, by defeating the defending champion Djokovic in the final. Lasting 4:54, it was the equal-longest US Open final by duration in history, and the equal-second longest Grand Slam final in the Open Era, only behind the 2012 Australian Open final.
  • For the first time since 2003, the four Grand Slam Men's Singles titles were won by different players.
  • Point distribution

    Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.

    Prize money

    * per team

    Singles players

    Men's Singles

    Women's Singles

    Day 1 (August 27)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Florian Mayer [22]
  • Women's Singles: Sabine Lisicki [16], Julia Görges [18], Anabel Medina Garrigues [27]
  • Day 2 (August 28)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Juan Mónaco [10]
  • Women's Singles: Caroline Wozniacki [8], Christina McHale [21], Francesca Schiavone [22], Klára Zakopalová [24], Monica Niculescu [26], Tamira Paszek [29], Peng Shuai [32]
  • Men's Doubles: Max Mirnyi / Daniel Nestor [1], Mariusz Fyrstenberg / Marcin Matkowski [4], Michaël Llodra / Nenad Zimonjić [7], David Marrero / Fernando Verdasco [13]
  • Day 3 (August 29)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Tommy Haas [21], Andreas Seppi [26], Mikhail Youzhny [28], Viktor Troicki [29]
  • Women's Singles: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [17], Kim Clijsters [23], Yanina Wickmayer [25]
  • Men's Doubles: Mahesh Bhupathi / Rohan Bopanna [8]
  • Day 4 (August 30)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [5], Marcel Granollers [24]
  • Women's Doubles: Katarina Srebotnik / Zheng Jie [7]
  • Mixed Doubles: Katarina Srebotnik / Nenad Zimonjić [5]
  • Day 5 (August 31)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Women's Singles: Li Na [9], Lucie Šafářová [15], Zheng Jie [28], Varvara Lepchenko [31]
  • Men's Doubles: Jonathan Marray / Frederik Nielsen [11]
  • Women's Doubles: Iveta Benešová / Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová [10], Anastasia Rodionova / Galina Voskoboeva [12], Klaudia Jans-Ignacik / Kristina Mladenovic [15]
  • Mixed Doubles: Lisa Raymond / Mike Bryan [2]
  • Day 6 (September 1)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Gilles Simon [16], Kei Nishikori [17], Fernando Verdasco [25], Sam Querrey [27], Feliciano López [30], Jérémy Chardy [32]
  • Women's Singles: Dominika Cibulková [13], Maria Kirilenko [14], Jelena Janković [30]
  • Men's Doubles: Jürgen Melzer / Philipp Petzschner [10]
  • Day 7 (September 2)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: John Isner [9], Alexandr Dolgopolov [14], Julien Benneteau [31]
  • Women's Singles: Petra Kvitová [5], Nadia Petrova [19]
  • Men's Doubles: Robert Lindstedt / Horia Tecău [3], Colin Fleming / Ross Hutchins [14]
  • Women's Doubles: Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond [1], Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Sania Mirza [13], Natalie Grandin / Vladimíra Uhlířová [14]
  • Mixed Doubles: Andrea Hlaváčková / Mahesh Bhupathi [6] (walkover), Klaudia Jans-Ignacik / Mariusz Fyrstenberg [8]
  • Day 8 (September 3)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Nicolás Almagro [11], Milos Raonic [15], Mardy Fish [23] (walkover)
  • Women's Singles: Agnieszka Radwańska [2], Angelique Kerber [6]
  • Men's Doubles: Ivan Dodig / Marcelo Melo [12], Santiago González / Scott Lipsky [16]
  • Women's Doubles: Vania King / Yaroslava Shvedova [5], Ekaterina Makarova / Elena Vesnina [6], Raquel Kops-Jones / Abigail Spears [9]
  • Mixed Doubles: Elena Vesnina / Leander Paes [3]
  • Day 9 (September 4)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Richard Gasquet [13]
  • Women's Singles: Samantha Stosur [7]
  • Men's Doubles: Alexander Peya / Bruno Soares [15]
  • Women's Doubles: Julia Görges / Květa Peschke [11]
  • Day 10 (September 5)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Roger Federer [1], Marin Čilić [12], Stanislas Wawrinka [18], Philipp Kohlschreiber [19], Andy Roddick [20]
  • Women's Singles: Marion Bartoli [11], Ana Ivanovic [12], Roberta Vinci [20]
  • Women's Doubles: Maria Kirilenko / Nadia Petrova [4]
  • Mixed Doubles: Liezel Huber / Max Mirnyi [1], Lucie Hradecká / František Čermák [7]
  • Day 11 (September 6)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Janko Tipsarević [8], Juan Martín del Potro [7]
  • Men's Doubles: Marcel Granollers / Marc López [6], Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi / Jean-Julien Rojer [9]
  • Women's Doubles: Nuria Llagostera Vives / María José Martínez Sánchez [8], Hsieh Su-wei / Anabel Medina Garrigues [16]
  • Mixed Doubles: Květa Peschke / Marcin Matkowski [4]
  • Day 12 (September 7)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Women's Singles: Maria Sharapova [3], Sara Errani [10]
  • Men's Doubles: Leander Paes [5] / Radek Štěpánek [5]
  • Day 13 (September 8)

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Tomáš Berdych [6]
  • Women's singles final

    The Women's single's final featured the then top ranked Victoria Azarenka against then three-time champion Serena Williams. Williams had beaten Azarenka in the 2012 Wimbledon semifinals and had won her first six matches in the US Open easily without dropping a set.

    Williams won the first set 6-2. Azarenka came back with a break in the first game of the second set and won 2-6. In the final set with the set tied 3-3, Williams double-faulted and Azarenka took advantage and won the break. At 3-5, Azarkenka was two points from victory against Williams' serve, and then at 4-5 Azarenka was serving for the match. Azarenka then made three errors and lost the game to go to 5-5. Williams then won the final two games to win the title.

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: David Ferrer [4]
  • Women's Singles: Victoria Azarenka [1]
  • Women's Doubles: Andrea Hlaváčková [3] / Lucie Hradecká [3]
  • Men's singles final

    The final featured defending champion Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Murray won in 5 sets 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2. The match was noted for having several long rallies, with the longest being 54 strokes. The match lasted 4 hours and 54 minutes which tied a record for a US Open final. A tiebreaker of 22 points in the first set also set a tournament record.

    Murray became the first British male to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.

  • Schedule of Play
  • Seeds out:
  • Men's Singles: Novak Djokovic [2]
  • Men's singles

    Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic, 7–6(12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2

    • It was Murray's 1st career Grand Slam singles title.

    Women's singles

    Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5

    • It was Williams' 15th career Grand Slam singles title and her 4th at the US Open.

    Men's doubles

    Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan defeated Leander Paes / Radek Štěpánek, 6–3, 6–4

    • It was Bob and Mike's 12th career Grand Slam doubles title and their 4th at the US Open.

    Women's doubles

    Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci defeated Andrea Hlaváčková / Lucie Hradecká, 6–4, 6–2

    • It was Errani's 2nd career Grand Slam doubles title and her 1st at the US Open.• It was Vinci's 2nd career Grand Slam doubles title and her 1st at the US Open.

    Mixed doubles

    Ekaterina Makarova / Bruno Soares defeated Květa Peschke / Marcin Matkowski, 6–7(8–10), 6–1, [12–10]

    • It was Makarova's 1st career Grand Slam mixed doubles title.• It was Soares' 1st career Grand Slam mixed doubles title.

    Boys' Singles

    Filip Peliwo defeated Liam Broady, 6–2, 2–6, 7–5

    Girls' Singles

    Samantha Crawford defeated Anett Kontaveit, 7–5, 6–3

    Boys' Doubles

    Kyle Edmund / Frederico Ferreira Silva defeated Nick Kyrgios / Jordan Thompson, 5–7, 6–4, [10–6]

    Girls' Doubles

    Gabrielle Andrews / Taylor Townsend defeated Belinda Bencic / Petra Uberalová, 6–3, 6–4

    Wheelchair events

    This year there was no wheelchair competitions due to a conflict with the Paralympic Games in London. Wheelchair competitions would return in 2013.

    Singles seeds

    The following are the seeded players and notable players who withdrew from the event. Rankings are as of August 20.

    Wild card entries

    Below are the lists of the wild card awardees entering in the main draws.

    Mixed doubles wild card entries

    1. Samantha Crawford / Mitchell Krueger
    2. Irina Falconi / Steve Johnson
    3. Varvara Lepchenko / Donald Young
    4. Nicole Melichar / Brian Battistone
    5. Grace Min / Bradley Klahn
    6. Melanie Oudin / Jack Sock
    7. Sloane Stephens / Rajeev Ram


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