She did it! In an intense rematch of last year’s US Open final, Serena defeated Victoria to win her 17th Grand Slam title!
Tennis fans couldn’t have asked for a better draw in the women’s final of the 2013 US Open — No. 1 Serena Williams going head-to-head with No. 2 Victoria Azarenka. And though Victoria put up a hard fight, Serena ended up overpowering her for a victory in three sets.
Serena Williams Wins The Women’s US Open
The 2012 US Open final between Serena and Victoria was one of the best matches in recent years, and this year’s was just as intense. Both ladies were gunning for each other, trading games back and forth. And though Serena is usually such a dominant figure, Victoria actually seemed to be getting the better of her in the first set.
Oddly enough, Serena — and her short skirt — seemed to be battling the windy conditions more than Victoria. However, she was able to overcome the distraction to take the set, 7-5.
The intense back and forth continued into the second set. Even though Serena jumped out to a 4-1 set lead, Victoria battled back to even things up at six games apiece and then shockingly won the tiebreaker to even the match at one set each.
It all came down to a third set. The ladies traded games yet again before Serena was finally able to pull ahead and finish out the set and the match, 6-1.
Serena Williams: The Greatest Of All Time?
Serena was heading into the US Open final on an unbelievable roll. After easily defeating her nemesis Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, the best player in the world then ran off easy victories in the quarter and semifinals. In an amazing feat, she only lost one set in the entire tournament.
It is her 17th singles Grand Slam victory — the fourth most in women’s tennis history, leaving no doubt that she is one of the greatest the sport has ever seen. This is Serena’s game, and we’re just lucky to be able to watch her brilliance.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro