Victory at the US Open helps Serena Williams carve her name among the greats
It has been an amazing 13 years since Serena Williams first lifted US Open trophy in New York. On Monday she defeated world number one Victoria Azarenka to lift the US Open women’s title for the fourth time in her career.
Although, Victoria Azarenka was defeated she had great respect for her opponent. She even hailed her as the “greatest player of all time”. Well, the American veteran did register a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win and made Victoria Azarenka dance all over the Arthur Ashe court.
“She’s the greatest player of all time. She took the game to the next level,” Victoria Azarenka said in her post match interview.
Serena Williams was on fire at the US Open since Day One. As a matter of fact she had been so dominant during the tournament that she had spent nearly three hours less on the court than her opponent.
The 30-year-old now has 45 career titles to boast about, which include 15 Grand Slam singles titles. With a victory at this US Open Serena Williams will be adding £1.8 million to her astonishing £26 million treasure chest of career winnings.
In her post match interview Serena Williams confessed that she was looking for more Grand Slam titles. Serena Williams expressed that she liked to reach at least 20 career Grand Slam single titles before thinking about retiring.
“A champion is defined by how they get up after a fall and it’s awesome that I have done this and 15 Grand Slams is so cool. Last year I was in hospital and to win two Slams — here and Wimbledon — and the gold medals is so great,” Serena Williams said.
“Thirteen years between my first and this US Open is a long time and I didn’t realise I had won a title in three decades. I never give up and quit and I wasn’t nervous. This year I also haven’t lost my cool on court and it’s more exciting to win a tight match. Victoria is making me go home and see how I can improve.
Serena Williams also removed any thoughts of her being unfit or speculation about an early retirement.
“I am so motivated for the next tournament and keep the dream alive. If I can play more matches at Wimbledon and win two Slams a year, it would be great. I have never felt so fit,” Serena Williams added.
There are only five other women who have won the US Open four times. The list includes Margaret Court, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. Now, Serena Williams is sixth on the list.
“I am not the greatest. I am just Serena,” the United States tennis star said.