Sharapova, Federer Win at U.S. Open
Julie Jacobson/AP; ANDREW GOMBERT/EPA
09/11/2006 at 11:50 AM EDT
The U.S. Open wrapped up Sunday evening when Roger Federer won the tennis tournament for the third straight year, this time beating American Andy Roddick. On Saturday, Maria Sharapova won her first U.S. Open, besting Justine Henin-Hardenne.
Federer, ranked No. 1 in the world, won 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, to land his ninth Grand Slam title.
Federer is the first player ever to win three consecutive Wimbledon titles and three consecutive U.S. Open titles.
"It's been absolutely fantastic," the Swiss player said after winning. "I'm happy it all worked out for me. It was very difficult against Andy."
Federer, 25, who took home $1.2 million for his win, met one of the sports worlds other greats on Sunday: Golf star Tiger Woods, who came to the Open specifically to meet the tennis champ.
Having Woods in the stands made Federer feel some pressure, according to the tennis star, who told PEOPLE: "I see Tiger sitting there, you try to play well, get my act together."
On Saturday, for Sharapova's second Grand Slam title she beat Henin-Hardenne in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, adding a follow-up championship to her breakthrough title at Wimbledon in 2004.
"I experienced it two years ago, and I knew that I wasn't done," Sharapova said of her win. "I had a lot more in me."
Sharapova, 19, who is known as much for her striking good looks, fashion sense and endorsement deals, wore a slinky black tennis dress ringed with sparkles, and a black bow in her hair for the final.
During her comments to the crowd after winning, Sharapova thanked tennis legend Billie Jean King for her work for women in tennis, including pushing for equal prize money. Sharapova earned $1.7 million for her victory Saturday.