Serena Williams has captured another US Open crown after winning the final event of the year’s final major tennis championship on Sunday. She was given a run for her money by Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, but in the end Williams was able to rise to the occasion and capture Grand Slam singles title number 17 of her career.
With swirling winds and a surprisingly challenging opponent against her, Williams struggled to control the match as she had the rest of the tournament over the past two weeks.
Leaping in the air after scoring the match point, the excited Serena continued to leap up and down with joy. The fifth US Open title of her career was in the books.
Officially scored 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, the ability shown by Williams in the final set was what has made her so exciting to watch throughout her career.
After blowing a second set lead and declaring that “I can’t play in this wind,” it appeared that nature was not the only thing blowing against Williams. Her emotions looked to be getting the best of her. Throwing her racket towards the bench after losing the set.
But like her racket, she bounced back on the court and took control in the third and final set. Victory was not going to slip through Serena’s hands.
Acknowledging the challenge she had overcome from her opponent after the match, Williams said “Vika’s such a great opponent; she’s such a fighter. It was never over until match point.”
With the win, the 32 year old Serena continues what has been one of the most impressive years of her career. She is now 67-4 in 2013 with nine tournament victories.
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