22 January 2018
   
Winky D gives voter registration oomph
Cholera: Zim on high alert as 4 killed
ANC confirms Zuma exit discussion
Government orders blood price reduction
- One day’s supply left of key blood group
Kasukuwere begs ED for forgiveness: official
Chinamasa to divert wages to devolution
Dump Mugabe regalia, Zanu PF official
MORE NEWS
Gemmology center in Mutare soon
NRZ loss as gold miners damage rail line
MORE BUSINESS
Unpaid Mr ugly reports sponsors to ZRP
Zim author releases new book in USA
MORE SHOWBIZ
Billiat might still leave: Sundowns coach
Anger as Dembare approach City player
MORE SPORTS
Mnangagwa’s ‘New’ Zim merits support
Zhuwao: kleptocracy and EDiots in Davos
MORE OPINION
 
Mnangagwa off to Davos empty handed
Economy: the need for a paradigm shift
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
US Open women: Serena Williams wins 18th Grand Slam title

07/09/2014 00:00:00
by Agencies
 
 
RELATED STORIES
Sharapova crashes out of Australian Open

WORLD number one Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3 6-3 in the US Open final to move into the record books with her 18th grand slam title.

The third straight and sixth overall US Open crown for the 32-year-old American, her 18 career slams put her into a tie with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.

Failing to get beyond the last 16 of the year's first three slams, Williams sailed through the US Open without dropping a set, finishing off Wozniacki in a snappy 75 minutes.

"It was a pleasure for me to win my first grand slam here and then this is number 18. I am really emotional," Williams told the packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, her voice cracking as she tried to maintain composure. "I couldn't ask to do it at a better place."

For the 10th seeded Wozniacki, back in a grand slam final for the first time in five years, it was another frustrating end to a promising fortnight as she once again left Flushing Meadows empty handed, a major title still beyond her grasp.

The title came with a massive payday for Williams, who pocketed the $3 million winner's purse along a $1 million bonus for winning the US Series.

As Williams was receiving her cheques she was joined on court by Navratilova and Evert, who presented her with an 18 carat gold Tiffany bracelet as the newest member of their grand slam club.

Margaret Court tops the list with 24 followed by Steffi Graf (22) and Helen Wills Moody (19).

The most difficult part of the match for Williams appeared to be beating a player she calls one of her best friends.

Williams and Wozniacki vacationed together this summer and the world number one said she texts the Dane daily.

But once the match began, Williams, who has often had to face off against her sister Venus, again proved there are no friendships on the court as she simply overpowered her 24-year-old opponent.

The showdown between the current and former world number ones was hardly a showcase of tennis excellence, particularly in a ragged opening set that featured five consecutive breaks.

Williams, dressed in the same leopard print tennis dress she wore to open the tournament, held her first serve before the two players struggled through the run of breaks with the American taking a 5-2 lead.



Advertisement

Not until the eight game did Wozniacki finally held serve but by then Williams had begun to settle into the match, clinching the opening set with a blistering backhand winner.

Williams would keep up the pressure with a break to open the second and by the end had an exhausted Wozniacki running from corner-to-corner.


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker