FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ Two points away from losing, Serena Williams regained her poise and her game to stop No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to capture her fourth US Open title on Sunday night, her 15th major title overall.Â Williams won the last four games to win the title. Azarenka was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set but was broken by Williams.
“I was serving at 3-5, at 30-all I figured I could serve that game out and just make her serve for it.” Williams told media. “It’s the least I could have done. And I hadn’t been holding my serve very well. After that I thought I could just force another game – and obviously I never give up. I never, never quit. I have come back so many times in so many matches. I wasn’t too nervous. I competed really well. I never stopped competing, no matter what, and sometimes if you can just go out and compete, then you can continue to do well.”
The final was the first three set affair in New York since 1995.
Williams has gone 26-1 this summer since her first round loss at the French Open in late May. Her run includes titles at Wimbledon, the Bank of the West Classic, the Olympics and now the US Open.
“I came into the summer knowing it was going to be a long summer,” Williams said. “But I could do well if I just put my mind to it. I knew I could just be a good player and a champion this summer, but I never expected to win all these titles. Everything has been so amazing.”
Williams is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year since she herself did it in 2002.
Williams is the first 30-something to win the US Open since 1987 when Â Martina Navratilova. Williams was a five-year-old at the time. Williams will tur 31 on September 26th.
“I honestly can’t believe I won, I was preparing my runner-up speech, ” said Williams on-court after the match.
“At the moment it’s tough. But Serena deserves to win. I’m honored to stand with such a champion here,” Azarenka said on-court after the heart-breaking loss.
“I definitely gave it all today. You know, stepping out of this court today I will have no regrets.”
“For me she’s the greatest player of all time, ” Azarenka told media. “She took the game to the next level. Having players like that on the women’s tour right now is something priceless – something you cannot take away. Today I was close. I’m for sure going to have another opportunity to make something better. That’s what I’m looking for.”