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Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY

Congratulations to Serena Williams for capturing her fifth U.S.  Open Crown and her 17th Grand Slam singles title! Williams beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 becoming the oldest Open Era women’s winner in US Open history.

“It was never over until match point,” said Williams, who was broken twice in the second set when serving for the match.

“Victoria is such a great competitor. She was really able to push me into a third set. I was really stern with myself. I knew that if I wanted to win, I had to play better.”

Azarenka admitted Williams was the superior performer in windy conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium that baffled both players at times and sent Williams’ pink dress fluttering above her waist much of the match.

“It’s a tough loss but being in the final against the best player, who deserves the win, it’s incredible,” Azarenka said. “I gave it everything I had. I fought hard.”

For the U.S. Open victory, plus the $1 million bonus for winning the US Open Series, Williams took home a record $3.6 million.

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