Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/12
Sam Stosur clung doggedly and often brilliantly to the US Open crown she won in such stunning fashion over Serena Williams here last year but, after 2 hours, 23 minutes of top-class tennis, it was clawed from her grasp by the current world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5). When Stosur put away a smash to reach 5-5 in the deciding tiebreak, she still thought she was going to hold on to the only Grand Slam title she has ever won. But it was not to be. The Australian had done well to fight back from 0-4 in the breaker, courtesy of a terrible Azarenka double fault and great forehand winner up the line but there was nothing she could do about a moment of inspiration from Vika as she conjured up a drop shot to reach match point. "At 5-all I made the drop shot, no?" she said, trying to recall the moment. "I was lucky that ball caught the net. I really didn't feel like what the score was. When I had that short ball I had to do something to surprise, because at this mom...
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