Flushing Meadows, NY, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 1 and top seed Serena Williams bagged her fifth US Open title and 17th Grand Slam title with a 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-1 win over second seed Victoria Azarenka in Sunday’s final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Williams hit 36 winners and nine aces to wrap up the match in two hours and 45 minutes and pocket the $3.6 million payout.
“I definitely felt the love today, so thank you all for the support. It’s an honor playing in New York, and I give all the love and glory to Jehovah,” Williams said after the victory.
Williams also heaped praises on Azarenka, whom she called a “great player and great person.”
“Vika’s such a great opponent and such a great fighter, and that’s why she’s been able to win multiple Grand Slams,” Williams said. “So that’s why the match definitely wasn’t over until match point today.”
Azarenka recorded 27 unforced errors against just 17 winners. She also had seven double faults, including two in the final set that doomed her chances.
“It’s a tough loss, but to be in the final again and play against the best was great,” Azarenka said. “We fought hard and gave all our hearts out there, and I have to say congratulations to Serena.”
Williams trailed Azarenka, 4-5, but reeled off the next three games to finish the opening set in 58 minutes.
In the second, Williams looked headed to a runaway victory when she took a 4-1 lead but Azarenka won five of the next seven games to force a tie-break.
After missing out on her first two set points at 6-4 and 6-5, Azarenka took the second set when Williams missed on a long backhand.
Williams regrouped in the third set, reeling off five games in a row from 1-all deadlock to finish off Azarenka in 37 minutes.
Meanwhile, fourth seeds Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic defeated the second-seed tandem of Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil, 6-1, 6-3, to win the men’s doubles title.