Serena Williams fought Victoria Azarenka, the wind, and her nerves to win her 17th Major title.
Serena Williams has won her fifth US Open crown with a hard fought victory over world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-1, in a match lasting 2 hours and 45 minutes. Oddly, it was the first time that the world No. 1 and No. 2 had faced each other in a US Open final in 10 years.
It didn’t come easy. Serena had to overcome blustery weather conditions, unforced errors, and a very stubborn opponent in the Belorussian. Twice in the second set she served for the match but Azarenka broke her both times to force a deciding set.
Azarenka had beaten Williams recently in Cincinnati in a three-set thriller but fell behind early in the final set and could not recover. Williams finally sealed the match when an Azarenka return sailed long.
Williams increased her Grand Slam count to 17, one fewer than Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time list, and jumped for joy on winning her fifth US Open title.
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