The Summer of Serena

by Omar Barakat. 0 Comments

Serena Williams scored a come from behind win over top seeded Victoria Azarenka to win the U.S. Open.  Williams looked like she would cruise to victory after winning the first set 6-2 in just 34 minutes.  Azarenka would not be denied as she took the second set 6-2.  In the third, Azarenka drew first blood as she broke Williams to take a 4-3 lead.  Azarenka held serve to go up 5-3.  Azarenka would not win another game as Williams reeled off four in a row to take the final set 7-5.

 

For Williams, the U.S Open win capped off her summer of dominance.  First, Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title.  She followed that up by winning gold at the 2012 Olympic games in London.  Now she added her fourth U.S. Open title.  Overall, Williams now has won 15 grand slam championships.

 

Azarenka has nothing to be ashamed of.  Considering she was 1-9 overall against Williams including a recent 6-1, 6-2 loss at the Olympics, Azarenka could have packed it in after the lopsided first set.  Instead, Azarenka dug deep, won the second set, and served for the match in the third.  She has also had a successful summer including a 32-2 hard court record in 2012.

 

As for Azarenka, her future is bright.  She is only 23 and is primed to be a threat to win any of the four grand slams for years to come.  As for Williams, she adds to her already impressive legacy.  She now can continue to set her sights on the record books.  She trails only Steffi Graf (22), Martina Navratilova (18), and Chris Evert (18) in grand slam championships.

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