You may recall that I escaped to the south of France last April for a girls’ weekend to watch the Rolex Championships in Monaco (read all about it here). And way, way, way before that – I went to the French Open (or Roland Garros for you Francophiles out there) which pre-dates this blog (and iPhones/digital cameras/social media – weird). One of my greatest regrets is never making it to Wimbledon during my four years in London – I was entered in the ticket lottery for three of those years but alas – no luck. So when we moved to NYC, I was determined to get US Open tickets.
Luckily, Arthur Ashe Stadium holds well over 23,000 people… so getting tickets was easy as pie. While a lot of the initial tickets are for days or specific stadiums, we decided to wait until the Women’s Semifinals. The lineup: Sloane Stephens (who was ranked #934 a month ago) versus Venus Williams (#9) and CoCo Vandeweghe (#20) versus Madison Keys (#15).
I love, love, love a good underdog story and Sloane Stephens did not disappoint. Over a month ago, she was barely in the top 1000 ranked female tennis players in the world. But on that night, she beat Venus Williams in a fantastic match – playing to her own strengths and wearing down Venus over three sets. She went on to win the US Open in the final a couple days later and I am so glad we got to see her play in person.
We had a fabulous night out in Flushing watching four incredible American athletes and I was thrilled to tick the US Open off my NYC Bucket List!