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Serena Williams wins 18th Grand Slam title

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Serena Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki in

straight sets to win her sixth US Open and 18th

Grand Slam title.

The American, ranked one in the world, won 6-3

6-3 at Flushing Meadows in New York.

After a poor start from both players, Williams

steadied herself to take the first set and found

something approaching her best form to

dominate the second.

The victory moves her to joint-fourth in the all-

time list of major winners, alongside Martina

Navratilova and Chris Evert.

Serena Williams’s 18 Grand Slam titles

Australian Open (5): 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and

2010

French Open (2): 2002 and 2013

Wimbledon (5): 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012

US Open (6): 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and

2014

Williams, 32, has now won three successive titles

at the US Open, the scene of her first Grand Slam

triumph 15 years ago.

“It was a really wonderful feeling,” said Williams,

who was joined by Navratilova and Evert for the

trophy presentation, when she also collected US

$4m in prize money.

“I couldn’t have finished things in a better way. It

is a pleasure for me to win here, I am really

emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better

place.”

Wozniacki, a close friend of Williams, said:

“Congratulations to Serena. She really deserved it

today and played better than me.

Navratilova and

Evert presented

Williams with a

gold bracelet to

mark her

“She is an inspiration to me on and off the court

and an unbelievable friend – and you definitely

owe drinks later!”

Williams arrived in New York having failed to

make it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam in

2014, but the American looked a class apart

throughout the two weeks at Flushing Meadows.

Her dominance was such that she won the title

without dropping a set, or more than three games

in a single set.

The case for Wozniacki heading into the final

centred around the Dane’s improved form this

summer, which saw her push Williams to three

sets twice before reaching her first Grand Slam

final for five years.

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

“It was a final that won’t live live long in the

memory, but an achievement that will. Serena

Williams has finally drawn level with Evert and

Navratilova in the record books, and has a Grand

Slam winning span which now stretches over

fifteen years.

“Wozniacki has had a great summer, but the

aggressive front foot tennis which served her so

well, was absent here, as Williams completed her

seventh straight sets victory of the fortnight. It’s

been a troubled year by her standards, but one

which will end with her dominant position at the

top of the world in tact.”

Wozniacki needed a strong start, however, and

two double faults in her opening service game did

not bode well.

The 10th seed was fortunate that Williams was

also struggling in the early stages, the American

thumping a second serve well long to drop serve

for the second time in game five.

But it was Williams who came out on top of five

consecutive breaks before finally holding for a 5-2

lead, and converting her second set point after 40

minutes.

Wozniacki’s athletic defensive skills had not been

enough to win a set in which Williams was making

just 41% of first serves and, sure enough, the

American stepped up her game in the second.

Top women’s Grand Slam singles titles winners

24- Margaret Court (Aus)

22- Steffi Graf (Ger)

19- Helen Wills Moody (US)

18- Martina Navratilova (US), Chris Evert (US),

Serena Williams (US)

12- Billie Jean King (US)

Williams broke straight away, albeit thanks in part

to a cruel net cord, and went close to moving 3-0

in front after a fabulous forehand winner.

It took 61 minutes for Wozniacki to hit her second

winner of the match, a second ace, and she

simply did not have the firepower to trouble the

world number one.

A breathless 26-shot rally finally gave the 22,000

spectators a contest to engage with, but it took

Williams to within two points of victory and there

was no way back for Wozniacki.

Williams thumped her 29th winner of the

afternoon to earn match point, and fell back onto

the court in celebration when Wozniacki sent the

ball long over the baseline.

Williams had

beaten Wozniacki

in eight of their

previous nine

meetings

Wozniacki hit just

four winners

during the

match, with three

of those aces

Defending

champion

Williams hit

seven aces and

29 winners

against

Wozniacki

Williams

becomes the

second player in

the Open Era to

win three

consecutive US

Open titles, with

Chris Evert

winning four on

the trot in the

1970s

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