Oxford, England (SportsNetwork.com) – World No. 6 Emma Stoneucanu captured her first Grand Slam title in big fashion Thursday, as the Lithuanian ousted defending champion Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win the U.S. Open.
The 25-year-old Stoneucanu beat Sharapova 6-4, 6-1 and won her first major title at the age of 25, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion since Serena Williams won the U.S. Open as a 17-year-old back in 1999.
“Emma, just an outstanding career and an outstanding performance this afternoon,” said Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in a televised statement. “I’m so proud of all of our athletes this year.”
Sharapova served as the Queen’s guest at Wimbledon this year. She became the first player in U.S. Open history to win back-to-back titles in New York when she toppled Serena Williams in the final last year.
Sharapova won their only meeting, back in 2007, but was playing her second-round match Thursday.
Also Thursday, 2015 U.S. Open winner Stan Wawrinka was eliminated by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, while 12th-seeded John Isner lost to Pablo Carreno Busta.
Six other seeded men fell, including fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who had won the last five finals at majors, including at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Nishikori fell to France’s Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
Meanwhile, former No. 1 Angelique Kerber, No. 7 Roberta Vinci, No. 10 Eugenie Bouchard, No. 11 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 15 Agnieszka Radwanska were also eliminated.
Next up for Stoneucanu will be the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Karolina Pliskova.