At tennis’ final Grand Slam of the year, it was refreshing to see someone else besides Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic tasting glory, with Angelique Kerber and Stan Wawrinka claiming the titles.
Their colleagues and the sporting world served up a flurry of compliments…
The guy just comes through when it matters... Very impressive from @stanwawrinka ! Huge congrats!— andyroddick (@andyroddick) September 12, 2016
US Open final sunday. Who would have thought. #StanTheMan— Magnus Norman (@normansweden) September 10, 2016
Big congrats to @AngeliqueKerber and her team. What a year!!! Amazing stuff— victoria azarenka (@vika7) September 11, 2016
-Hey buddy, you know you gonna win 2 Slams and a silver medal next year, don't you?— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) September 11, 2016
Russian world No25 Daria Kasatkina is the latest tennis player to have her portrait painted by renowned French artist Le Closier.
Le Closier, who has painted portraits of the likes of Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Gustavo Kuerten, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal in the past, presented Kasatkina with the painting at the recently concluded US Open.
The portrait was commissioned by Kasatkina’s academy TC Empire and its CEO Miloslav Hlavna.
Kasatkina, 19, started the year ranked No75 in the world and has enjoyed a meteoric rise that has seen her enter the world’s top-25. She claimed two top-10 scalps in 2016 – Venus Williams and Roberta Vinci.
The German defeated Karolina Pliskova in Saturday's final to become World No.1 for the first time, a reward for years of hard work according to our tennis expert.
Meanwhile, Pliskova's fine form, the futures of Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki plus Reem's breakthrough player to keep an eye on all feature.