Sam Stosur won the US Open women’s doubles final with her doubles partner, Shuai Zhang of China, beating Americans Coco Gauff and Caty McNally, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. The duo previously won the 2019 Australian Open.
As the 14-seed, they had to upset four different seeded pairs en route to the win, beating the teams seeded No. 3, 7, 10 & 11. This was at least Stosur’s 14th Grand Slam final and ninth in women’s doubles.
Stosur is a doubles specialist, having won all four Grand Slam tournaments in either women’s doubles or mixed doubles. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that has eluded her in women’s doubles, having lost to the Williams sisters two of her three Wimbledon finals appearances.
She got her revenge against Serena Williams in the 2011 US Open final, beating Serena in straight sets.
The US Open win was Stosur’s eighth overall Grand Slam title.
Earlier this year, playing with fellow Aussie Ellen Perez, Stosur lost in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Stosur has over the years played doubles with other LGBTQ women, including Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.
Stosur is gay, having last year announced the birth of her child with her partner, Liz Astling. She generally keeps a lower profile on her personal life.
In 2012, after a quarterfinals win in the French Open singles tournament, Stosur’s opponent, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, falsely accused Stosur of being a man.