Serena Williams shows her winning streak by claiming U.S. Open

Serena Williams once again proved her worth by sheer determination and unquestionable skill by beating the World No.1 Victoria Azarenka – 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in a stunning and dramatic performance to clinch her fourth U.S Open Title at the Flushing Meadows.  This is her 15th Grand Slam title overall and with this win Serena Williams had become the first women tennis player to cross the $40 million in earnings. Williams showed her physical endurance by surviving a ferocious comeback from Azarenka.  Serena Williams also became the oldest U.S. Open champion in nearly four decades.

The U.S Open this time was billed as a clash between the greatest player of her generation and the top player in the world this year and this game quite lived up to the expectations. Serena raced through the game through the opening set in just thirty-five minutes with two service breaks and sixteen stunning wins. Adding to that, Serena Williams has not dropped a set in the tournament, losing only 19 games through six matches before this Sunday game. In addition, to that she had an immense pressure and a negative reaction to her loss at the French Open in late May this year.

Serena Williams now joins the ranks of Martina Navratilova as the only women over the age of 30 to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in the same season since 1968. She will turn 31 on September 26 and now she is dominating the game. Serena Williams won her first major championship at the age of 17 at the 1999 U.S. Open.  The crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court roared in excitement as the two titans produced some excellent shots with the stakes rising and the excitement refusing to die down.

Serena Williams has lost to world number 111

Fifth seed Serena Williams has lost to world number 111, Virginie Razzano in of French Open at The Roland Garros, Paris. She suffered a dramatic 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss against the world number 111 from France in the first round. This is the first time that the 2002 champion has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event. Speaking after the match she said, “There is no excuse, I made so many errors today. I just didn’t play at all. I just felt I couldn’t get a ball in play. When I did, I just felt like I was hitting late and, I mean, how can you hit late on a clay court? I was definitely nervous, which I think is healthy but there are no excuses”.

Williams was expected to meet Sharapova at the quarter final stage and was at the top of Sharapova section of the draw but the 30 year old lost the 5-1 lead opportunity in the second tie-break and lost in three hours, three minutes. And having lost six points in succession in the tie-break she conceded in the deciding set. Sharapova seeded second who has never reached the final of the event beat Alexandra Cadantu 6-0 6-0 in 48 minutes. Razzano struggled with cramps and lost three games in a row but in the 25-minute decider containing 12 deuces she finally got a breakthrough on her 8th match point. An ecstatic Razzano at the end of the match thanked the home support and said, “You gave me your energy. I’m going to have to rest. Thank you all for your support, I knew I had it in me and I dug deep inside myself to find it”.

 

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