August 16, 2009
– No. 5 seed Jelena Jankovic captured her first career Olympus US Open Series tournament title and moved into a first-place tie atop the Olympus US Open Series Bonus Challenge Women’s Standings with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against No. 1 seed Dinara Safina in today’s final at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati. Jankovic earns 100 total points, and, with two weeks remaining, is tied with Flavia Pennetta of Italy.
On the men’s side, Andy Murray collected his second career Olympus US Open Series tournament title with a 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-1 win over No. 6 seed Juan Martin Del Potro in today’s Rogers Masters final in Montreal. With the victory, the No. 3 seed Murray earns 100 total points to move into third place in the men’s standings, behind new leader Juan Martin Del Potro and Sam Querrey.
The men's and women's winners of the Olympus US Open Series will compete for $1 million in bonus prize money at the 2009 US Open. The Olympus US Open Series Bonus Challenge leaders after Week 4 are as follows: CLICK HERE
for the Olympus US Open Series Bonus Challenge Standings.Next on the Olympus US Open Series:
The men will compete in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, while the women head to the Rogers Cup in Toronto. CBS Sports will broadcast the men’s final on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will provide 22 hours of total coverage, including the women’s final on Sunday beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel will provide more than 23 hours of coverage beginning Tuesday.
Rafael Nadal won the 2008 Olympus US Open Series men’s title and Dinara Safina won the women’s title. In 2007, Roger Federer collected the biggest paycheck in tennis history -- $2.4 million -- for winning US Open and the Olympus US Open Series. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Olympus US Open Series, winning $2.2 million -- the largest purse in women’s sports history.
Now in its sixth season, the Olympus US Open Series has established itself as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In 2008, Olympus became the first title sponsor of the Series. The Olympus US Open Series is also supported by sponsors American Express, Evian and MassMutual Financial Group.