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Serena Williams wins US Open final

Serena Williams wins US Open finalSerena Williams, 31, battled heavy winds, nerves, and second seed Victoria Azarenka to win 7-5 6-7 6-1– thus securing her second Grand Slam title of 2013.

She now holds 17 Grand Slams spanning a total of 14 years.

The defending champion celebrated on the court with a series of jumping jacks after her opponent’s backhand sailed past on the second match point.

Williams took home US$3.6 million for the win – which includes a US$1 million bonus for prior events.

The match in detail

It had looked like it was going to be plain sailing for Williams after she won a difficult first set.

Then she let a double-break lead slip and failed to serve out the match twice during the thrilling, two and a half hour final.

Second seed Azarenka, 24, battled superbly, yet Williams regained her poise and dominated the final stages.

Afterwards Azarenka commented: “It’s a tough loss but being in the final against the best player, who deserves the win, it’s incredible … I gave it everything I had. I fought hard but well deserved. Congratulations Serena.”

A necessary win

After having won the French Open earlier this year, Williams admitted she “wasn’t happy with [her] performances in the other two Slams – and not even making it to the quarter-finals of one,” and would have felt disappointed with 2013 has it not been for this win; her fifth US Open title.

Prior to the match Williams had won eight titles and enjoyed a winning streak of 34 matches earlier in 2013.

But a quarter-final defeat at the Australian Open to Sloane Stephens and a fourth-round loss at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki left her feeling she needed another major title before the year was out – and this victory was firmly set in her sights.

Retirement still a long way off

This triumph means Williams now has 17 Grand Slam singles titles under her belt – one win behind sharing tied forth best with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova – and seven short of Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.

A slight change of direction has seen her working with French coach Patrick Mouratoglou since last year, and she insists retirement is a long way off.

“I feel great,” she said. “I have never felt better. I feel really fit. I can play a tournament like this, singles, doubles, with tough, tough schedules. For the most part, I felt really good.

“I haven’t felt like this in a number of years – I’m excited about the possibilities. I don’t know what can happen. I just keep playing and do the best that I can.”

Mohsen Salami
Mohsen Salami
Mohsen Salami, 24, was the first reporter in Pars Herald's sports desk. He joined Pars Herald when he was studying in high school and Mohsen acted a significant role to grow Pars Herald in Isfahan. Salami joined Islamic Azad University of Isfahan and studied in civil engineering field. Upon his graduation, he started his cooperation with several private civil companies in Isfahan province but he regularly contributes to Pars Herald group. City: Isfahan Phone Number: +989369941073 Email: Mohsen {at} ParsHerald.com Name in Persian: محسن سلامی

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