Facing a year without a Grand Slam title to her name, world No. 1 Serena Williams stepped up her game on Sunday to claim a third consecutive US Open title and the 18th Slam crown of her career, defeating former No. 1 and friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3.
The first set featured five straight breaks of serve until both players righted their respective ships. In the second set Williams claimed an early break and held the initiative until breaking again in the final game for the title.
“[Wozniacki] knows the struggles I’ve been through — we text almost every day,” Williams said on court after the match. “Caroline I know you’re going to win one very soon, maybe even in Australia, so I’ve got to go home and get ready for you there.”
Williams matched Chris Evert as the only players to three-peat at the US Open. She lost prior to the quarterfinals at the Australian, French and Wimbledon.
“It’s a pleasure for me to win No. 18 here,” she said. “I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”
Williams finished with a +6 for the match in winners to unforced errors, while Wozniacki was at -11. Williams collected $3 million with the win, and an extra $1 million as the champion of the US Open Series.
“First of all, congratulations to Serena, you really deserved it today,” Wozniacki said on court. “You’re an unbelievable champion and an inspiration to me on and off the court.”
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