That was the year Novak Djokovic won his first Grand Slam title in Flushing, but this year it would be Stan Wawrinka who would deny Djokovic the pleasure of hoisting the trophy at center court for the second-straight year.
The tenacious Swiss beat down the best defense in tennis, dropping the first set to Djokovic but winning the next three. The third seed in the tournament, Wawrinka didn’t beat a top 10 player all year.
And 2011 was also the year that Samantha Stosur sunned Serena Williams for her lone Grand Slam championship. And just like last year, Williams was bounced again in the semifinals, this time by Karolina Pliskova, stunning the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing.
That paved the way for second-seed Angelique Kerber to take home her second Grand Slam title of 2016, having won the Australian Open earlier this year. Not only did she take the U.S. Open championship from Williams, she also took her world number one ranking.
With the victory, the German will rise to the top spot in the tennis world, which Williams has held since February of 2013.