World number four-ranked Andy Murray and 2009 U.S. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki have officially clinched the 2010 Olympus U.S. Open Series men’s and women’s titles.
Murray, who won the Rogers Masters in Toronto and reached the final of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, clinched the men’s title when Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated Marcos Baghdatis in the quarterfinals at the Pilot Pen Tennis event in New Haven. This marks Murray’s first Olympus U.S. Open Series title, after finishing in second place each of the last two years. Roger Federer and Mardy Fish finish in second and third place, respectively.
Wozniacki, who won the Rogers Cup in Montreal, also clinched her first Series title after advancing to the semifinals in New Haven via a walkover against Flavia Pennetta. Former Olympus U.S. Open Series champion Kim Clijsters finishes the Series in second place while Svetlana Kuznetsova takes third place.
Murray and Wozniacki will now compete for the largest payout in tennis history at the 2010 U.S. Open—$2.7 million ($1.7 million for winning the U.S. Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the U.S. Open and the Olympus U.S. Open Series). Federer and Clijsters will compete for up to $500,000 in bonus prize money, while Fish and Kuznetsova will compete for up to $250,000.
In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history—$2.4 million—for winning the U.S. Open and the Olympus U.S. Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the U.S. Open and the Olympus U.S. Open Series, winning $2.2 million—the largest purse in women’s sports history.
Now in its seventh season, the Olympus U.S. Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the U.S. Open. Fans can follow the action throughout the summer through national television coverage, culminating each week with back-to-back men’s and women’s finals every Sunday afternoon. Players battle for $40 million, including a chance for bonus prize money at the U.S. Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus U.S. Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express, Evian, Grand Marnier and SPDR State Street Global Advisors.
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