Serena Williams wins 5th US Open, 17th Slam
By Jim Slater ,AFPNEW YORK -- World number one Serena Williams captured her fifth U.S. Open title, and second in a row, by outlasting second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 Sunday to claim her 17th career Grand Slam crown.
September 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The 31-year-old American became the oldest Open Era women's winner in U.S. Open history, 293 days older than Margaret Court when she set the previous record in 1973, and the third-oldest Grand Slam women's champion of the Open Era.
Williams won US$3.6 million, including a US$1 million bonus for her success in U.S. open tuneup events.
She is the first top-seeded champion since Justine Henin in 2007 and the first woman to defend the U.S. Open crown since Kim Clijsters in 2010.
Williams won a rematch of last year's U.S. Open final that gave her and Azarenka a combined total of six of the eight major titles from the past two years.
Williams improved to 13-3 in their rivalry but the two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka has won two of the previous three, most recently in last month's Cincinnati final.
“It was never over until match point,” said Williams, who was broken twice in the second set when serving for the match.
“Victoria is such a great competitor. She was really able to push me into a third set. I was really stern with myself. I knew that if I wanted to win, I had to play better.”
Azarenka admitted Williams was the superior performer in windy conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium that baffled both players at times and sent Williams' pink dress fluttering above her waist much of the match.