Serena Williams was pushed to the limit by Victoria Azarenka in the Women's Final of the US Open 2012 but she responded in her typical style and counter attacked to take the top honours in New York. (Photos AP & AFP)
Serena Williams raced off to a brilliant start and looked ominous in the first set. Victoria Azarenka looked no match then and lost the set 2-6 to a romping American.
The 23-year-old Belarussian was not willing to give up though and that to timidly. Vika fought back in the second set with a massive bang.
It was payback time for Azarenka as she took the second set 6-2, the same scoreline that she had lost the first one to the younger of the Williams sisters.
Serena Williams had a considerably easy route to the finals but Victoria Azarenka ensured that none of that happened on D-Day. It was an intense battle and both the players literally locked horns at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Ultimately the American proved just too good for Azarenka as she took the third set 7-5 to win her fifteenth career Grand Slam and fourth US Open. It was a professional display by Serena even though she was put under pressure by her Belarusian opponent.