Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to win her fourth U.S. Open title and 15th Grand Slam title. Serena Williams won her first major championship at age 17 at the 1999 U.S. Open.
Two points from defeat, Serena Williams suddenly regained her composure to come back and win the last four games, beating No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 on Sunday for her fourth U.S. Open title and 15th Grand Slam title overall.
"I honestly can't believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, 'Man, she's playing so great," Williams said during the trophy presentation, adding: "I'm really shocked."
What really was stunning was that Azarenka made things as interesting as they were, given that she came into the day 1-9 against Williams over their careers.
Add in that Williams hadn't dropped a set in the tournament, losing only 19 games through six matches before Sunday. All part of a tremendous run she is putting together in reaction to her loss at the French Open in late May, the American's only first-round exit in 49 career major tournaments. Since then, she is 26-1, winning Wimbledon and the London Olympics.
There hadn't been a three-set women's final in New York since 1995, and Williams came through with a late charge to become the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since a decade ago — when she did it.
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