Marilen Clemente cheering on Rafael “Rafa” Nadal at the US Open Men’s Finals in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, N.Y. on Sept. 10, 2017.

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Filipino-Americans from all over the country and beyond and from all walks of life made it to the US Open Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.

The Filipino Reporter spoke to a few who cheered on their favorite players, including favorite Venus Williams and Roger Federer, as well as Rafael Nadal and unseeded Sloane Stephens.

While Victor Lirio cheered on the victory of Venus Williams at the Women’s Single Quarterfinals (she lost to Sloane Stephens in the Semifinals), he lamented the loss of Roger Federer to Juan Martín del Potro during the Men’s Single Quarterfinals.

“Was quite heartbroken by the RF defeat,” he said.

A true blue Rafa Nadal fan, Marilen Clemente confessed, “I’ve worn this shirt every time he played in the finals for the last seven years starting with his first US Open win in 2010. The best thing is kasya pa sya! Hahaha.”

Top seed Rafael Nadal claimed the men’s championship in emphatic fashion, defeating surprise finalist Kevin Anderson in a one-sided final to win his third men’s singles title and further solidify his place as one of the Open’s all-time champions.

The list is impressive, even by Hall of Fame standards: Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and, now, Rafael Nadal.


Carolyn Joyce Agustin Peña at the US Open.

With his 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory Sunday over surprise finalist Kevin Anderson, the King of Clay added a pretty impressive hard-court accomplishment to his glittering résumé: a third US Open singles title, making him just the sixth man in the Open era to achieve that mark.

“The 2017 US Open was an amazing event,” said Carolyn Joyce Augustin Peña.

“I attend matches every year and this year was one not to forget. Watching underdogs, USA’s Sloane Stephens, USA’s Madison Keys and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reach the finals was great. All the courts had nice matches. I enjoyed the thrill, the food and shopping at the US Open. I cannot wait for US Open 2018.”

Unseeded Sloane Stephens hoisted the women’s singles trophy, defeating Madison Keys 6-3. 6-0, a Grand Slam victor in her first major final.

With a ranking of 83 entering the 2017 US Open, of eventual women’s champion Sloane Stephens.

It is the lowest rank ever for a US Open singles champion in the Open era, and Stephens is just the second unseeded woman to hoist the trophy alongside Kim Clijsters, who actually did not have a ranking when she won here in 2009 — and the third overall, joining 1994 men’s winner Andre Agassi, who was No. 20 in a draw that then seeded only 16.

The former world No. 11 tumbled to No. 957 in the world entering August, the product of 11 months off the tour due to a foot injury.

But while she was considered a dangerous floater in a wide-open draw, no one predicted a title.

So Stephens surprised us all, outlasting Venus Williams in a third-set tie-break in the semifinals and betraying no nerves in a masterful victory over Madison Keys in the final.

The 2017 US Open women’s singles champion is now No. 17.


Victor Lirio and Bryce Gdwn at the US Open Tennis Championships.

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