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Monday, 09 September 2013 03:08

Serena Williams wins US Open

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Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 to win the US Open title for the fifth time.

The match was one of the most exciting women’s finals ever seen at Flushing Meadows and gives Serena a grand total of seventeen Grand Slam titles, with her only needing one more to equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova! Not surprisingly, there will be a lot of betting online on World Number One to not only equal Evert and Navratilova records, but to go on and surpass Steffi Graf’s total of twenty-two Grand Slam titles.

As with all the big games throughout this competition this year, the weather conditions played a part making the matches unpredictable and that more enthralling to watch. Victoria Azarenka would have started the match with confidence as she had already beaten the 31 year old American in Cincinnati, just before the US Open. The Belarusian started the match well, with some excellent serves, in spite of being broken in the opening game, and eventually losing the first set.

The second set was unbelievable and a roller coaster ride of emotions for both payers and audience. The spectators saw Serena Williams fall from a commanding position of a 4-1 lead to lose the set in a tie break. The 24 year old Azarenka would have thought she had the upper hand and the momentum, as Serena lost her cool and was at one point, close to tears. Supporters of the American would have thought at that moment, the game was over and it would only be a matter of time for Victoria to engineer an upset.

However, Serena showed her experience and determination, with an awesome display of tennis in the final set.Victoria buckled under the nerves with a double fault, and that was the point at which Serena took the opportunity to win the match, after 2 hours and 45 minutes. At the end of the game, both player were very respectful of each other, and Azarenka actually admitted to have played the ‘best player’ in a game where both players ’fought hard’.