Serena Williams Wins 5th US Open

Defeats Victoria Azarenka in her 17th Grand Slam win

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 8, 2013 6:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – Top-seeded Serena Williams won her fifth US Open and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in a windy final. Today's match was the toughest test these two weeks for the No. 1-seeded Williams, who also beat Azarenka in three sets in last year's final. Williams hadn't lost a set in her previous six matches, but was bothered by the swirling air and Azarenka's strong play. Seemingly in control in the second set, Williams was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 and 6-5.

After Azarenka took the tiebreaker, Williams chucked her racket, and it bounced onto the court. But Williams regained control in the third set, breaking for a 3-1 lead when Azarenka double-faulted.

Serena Williams reacts after a point to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Serena Williams reacts after a point to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (David Goldman)
Serena Williams reacts after a point against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Serena Williams reacts after a point against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (David Goldman)
Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, returns a shot to Serena Williams during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, returns a shot to Serena Williams during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (Darron Cummings)
Serena Williams reacts after a point to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Serena Williams reacts after a point to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (Darron Cummings)
Serena Williams returns a shot to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Serena Williams returns a shot to Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (David Goldman)
Serena Williams reacts after beating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Serena Williams reacts after beating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (David Goldman)
Serena Williams returns a shot against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Serena Williams returns a shot against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (Mike Groll)
Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, reacts after a point against Serena Williams during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.
Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, reacts after a point against Serena Williams during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York.   (David Goldman)
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