The name of Serena Williams moves into the history book of sports as the tennis world number one won a one-sided final 6-3, 6-3 to claim her 18th major title at Flushing Meadows in New York. Getting her third straight and sixth U.S. Open crown, the American tennis player tied with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.
When the match came to an end, the overexcited Williams dropped to her back behind the baseline, covering her face with her hands. She was only 17 years old, when she got her first major trophy also came in New York, in 1999.
“It was a really wonderful feeling,” said Williams, receiving an 18-karat gold bracelet from Evert and Navratilova after the match. She also collected a $4 million in prize money, a record in tennis — $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit.
“I couldn’t have finished things in a better way. It is a pleasure for me to win here, I am really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”
Unfortunately, for Wozniacki it was a sad end to the tournament, as she has returned to form after a difficult period in her personal life after breaking up with Rory McIlroy. Nevertheless the 24-year-old Wozniacki was gracious in defeat.
“You really deserved it today. You played better than me. You’re an unbelievable champion and you’re an inspiration to me, both on and off the court. You’re an unbelievable friend — and you definitely owe drinks later.”
Williams battered and pummeled Wozniacki from the outset, breaking her in her first three service games of the first set. She broke Wozniacki again to begin the second and one more time to claim her sixth US Open crown. It was vintage Serena, power over any of the defensive tactics Wozniacki would use try and delay the inevitable, says CBS Sports.
“I just wanted to get a good start. I knew that against Serena, you have to have a good start, otherwise she becomes even more aggressive. I didn’t get the start I wanted. Then all of a sudden I see myself going behind and it’s tough to get back. But I have definitely played better tennis these last few weeks than I have in the past, so that is a positive sign,” said an upbeat Wozniacki later.
A few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday, making the American the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990, Williams powered this way and that in her black-and-pink hightops. Wozniacki is the one training for the New York City Marathon, but she was tuckered out by the end, writes ABC News.
“It was a little bit more pressure on this Slam than the other ones because she hadn’t done well in the ones before,” said Sascha Bajin, Williams’s practice partner. “Especially the seeds going out early in the draw. The pressure just kept on rising. Everybody was expecting Serena to win.”