US Open final: Serena all smiles, tears for Victoria!
World number one Serena Williams captured her fifth US Open title, and second in a row, by outlasting second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 in the final of the women's singles final.
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The 31-year-old American became the oldest Open Era women's winner in US Open history, 293 days older than Margaret Court when she set the prior mark in 1973, and the third-oldest Grand Slam women's champion of the Open Era.
Williams won $3.6 million, including a $1 million bonus for her success in US open tuneup events.
"Victoria is such a great competitor. She was really able to push me into a third set. I was really stern with myself. I knew that if I wanted to win, I had to play better," said Serena after the match.
With the victory, Williams has won more than $9 million in 2013, a one-year women's record, and boosted her career winnings above $50 million.
As for Azarenka, this became her second successive defeat against Serena in the US Open final.
"It's a tough loss but being in the final against the best player, who deserves the win, it's incredible," said the world number 2.
She however insisted that she can topple Serena Williams from her perch despite slumping to an eighth defeat in eight Grand Slam meetings against the 17-time major champion.