Serena Williams wins 18th Grand Slam title
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
French Open (2): 2002 and 2013
Wimbledon (5): 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012
US Open (6): 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and
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
Wozniacki, a close friend of Williams, said:
“Congratulations to Serena. She really deserved it
today and played better than me.
Williams with a
gold bracelet to
“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
“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
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.
in eight of their
Wozniacki hit just
match, with three
of those aces
seven aces and
second player in
the Open Era to
Open titles, with
winning four on
the trot in the
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