After a week of record crowds, the 2014 Western & Southern Open tennis tournament came to a close on Aug. 17, with two familiar faces in the winner’s circles. The world’s number one female player, Serena Williams, lived up to that billing as champion on the women’s side while Roger Federer claimed a record sixth W & S Open title on the men’s side.
“It is a great pleasure for us to host not only the best tennis players in the world, but some of the greatest fans in the sport,” said tournament director Vince Cicero in a post-tourney press release. “It is gratifying to see our efforts to make this a fan-friendly event rewarded with attendance numbers like we had.”
A record 191,752 fans attended the 16 sessions of this year’s tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, culminating with the championship matches on Sunday afternoon.
The WTA’s number one ranked player, Serena Williams, looked to be on a mission as she rolled through opponents on her way to a title match with Ana Ivanovic, Ivanovic was coming off an exciting and nearly three-hour match with Maria Sharapova on Saturday night and proved to be no match for the intense Williams and her 12 aces. Serena prevailed in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. Williams will turn 33 on Sept. 26 and is the oldest female player to win the W & S Open.
“I love this moment,” Williams told cincytennis.com. “I love holding up the trophy and all the work it takes to hold up a trophy.”
“Definitely my best performance of the summer but hopefully not my last.”
In the men’s draw, it was Federer taking his 80th career title and moving to 6-0 in finals reached in Cincinnati. In the first ever Cincinnati final featuring two players over the age of 30, Federer outlasted Spain’s David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win his record sixth W & S Open. The champion had previously topped Andy Murray in the quarterfinals and then Milos Raonic of Canada in a Saturday night semi.
With his 80 career titles, Federer now stands third in the Open era, trailing just Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
“I’m very happy about the week,” Federer told cincytennis.com. “Just overall it went from good to great. I’m just really pleased that I was able to back up a tough week last week.”
In women’s doubles it was the duo of Raquel Pops-Jones and Abigail Spears winning their ninth title overall together while the men’s doubles title went to the popular pairing of American brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan, their fifth win in Cincinnati.
The 2015 Western & Southern Open will be held from Aug. 15-23. Fans can follow all of the events leading up to next year’s event at cincytennis.com.