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99 Titles and a 'Niche' Run for Bryan Brothers?

August 18, 2014 04:52 PM
99 Titles and a Niche Run for Bryan Brothers?; Serena Wins Cincinnati and US Open Series

Bryan_brothers_whiteIs pro tennis doubles a "niche" sport? No, according to the record number of USTA League players who compete in the U.S., and to the Bryan brothers, who have elevated doubles tennis to a new level in the modern age.

Florida-based Bob (Sunny Isles Beach) and Mike (Wesley Chapel) Bryan won their 99th career doubles title as a team on Sunday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, setting up a potentially unprecedented occurrence at their next tournament, the US Open.

The brothers cleared approximately $198,000 for their Cincinnati win, not exactly niche pocket change. And no team has won 100 career titles, a mark both brothers would like to hit at their home Slam in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The next closest? The retired Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge with 61 titles.

"That would obviously be a dream come true to knock down 100 for arguably the biggest tournament for us of the year," Bob Bryan said. "We'll be gunning for that for sure. Not just because of milestone but just because it's insane to win another one of those. We haven't won a Grand Slam this year. We've won a Slam every year for the last nine or 10 years, so to do that would make for a really sweet year."

On Sunday the Bryans handed Wimbledon champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock their first loss of the year 6-3, 6-2 -- sweet revenge for falling to the pair in the final a couple months ago at the All England Club.

"Hats off to Jack and Vasek on their impressive run this summer," Mike said. "It's great for doubles to have another marketable team competing for the biggest titles and we look forward to having more competitive battles against them in the future."

Their fifth Cincinnati title also set a mark of 30 total Masters-level tournament championships, another milestone for a doubles team.

Pospisil and Sock entered the Cincinnati record with a 14-0 record as a team. Sock recently relocated to Tampa, and his first-ever pairing with Pospisil was at Wimbledon. The pair followed the victory with the title at the BB&T Atlanta Open before coming int Cincinnati.

The 36-year-old Bryans will look to chest-bump their way into the record books starting next week in Flushing Meadows.


Serena Clinches Cincy Title and US Open Series

Serena WilliamsIt took six tries, but Palm Beach Gardens' Serena Williams won her first Cincinnati title on Sunday, in the process winning her third US Open Series title in the past four years.

In the final Williams defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1, her second US Open Series title this year after Stanford. She improved to 5-0 overall in finals in 2014.

The victory was Williams's fifth title of the season and extended her 2014 finals record to 5-0.

"I love this moment," she said after the Cincinnati final. "I love holding up the trophy and I love doing the work that it takes to hold up a trophy. For me, there is no better feeling."

The victory and US Open Series championship means Williams can claim a record $4 million if she wins this year's US Open ($3 million for winning the US Open, and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as the Emirates Airline US Open Series champion).

Last year she took home a record $3.6 million -- $2.6 million for winning the US Open and an additional $1 million as Emirates Airline US Open Series Champion.

Roger Federer in men's singles was the only non-American champion in Cincinnati as the Bryan brothers won the men's doubles title, and the California tandem of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears won the women's doubles.
 
 

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