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After a long, grueling match, Serena Williams claimed her 15th grand slam title and won the U.S. Open for the fourth time with a 6-2 2-6 7-5 victory over world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Sunday. At 2 hours and 18 minutes, it was the longest in time duration since 1981 and Williams proved that she had the stamina and power to pull out a win.
The winner of the summer Triple Crown - Wimbledon, Olympic Gold and now the US Open, expressed genuine shock over her victory. "I honestly can't believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, 'Man, she's playing so great.' "
The first 30-year-old woman to win the U.S. Open since Navratilova in 1987, showed no signs of aging up against her much younger 23-year-old opponent.
Azarenka gave credit where it was due.
"Serena deserves the win. She showed how true of a champion she is," she said. "I definitely gave it all today. Stepping out of this court today, I will have no regrets."
Azarenka added, "For me she is the greatest player of all time. She took the game to the next level."
Serena has become only the sixth woman in the Open-era (since 1968) to have won four or more US Opens. This is her 15th career Grand Slam and at 30 years 11 months she is now the second oldest player in the Open-era to win the US Open.
After overcoming adversity and major health challenges, it has truly been an amazing year for Serena Williams.
Read more about Williams' win here.