After being forced to drop out of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships due to a virus illness, Serena Williams reclaimed her throne at the U.S. Open championships.

On Sunday, in Flushing Meadows, Queens, Williams defeated her friend Caroline Wozniacki with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. The 32-year-old never dropped more than three games in any set.

This marks Williams third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major title overall. The Compton native matched Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 Grand Slam singles titles. In addition, Williams tied Evert’s total of six U.S. Opens and became the first woman to win three in a row since Evert’s four-title run from 1975-1978.

“It is a pleasure for me to win my first Grand Slam here and then this No. 18,” Williams said. “So I’m really emotional. I couldn’t ask to do it at a better place.”

Williams, who will be celebrating her 33rd birthday on Sept. 21, became the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990.

Wozniacki shared some very kind words for the U.S Open champ. She said, “You really deserved it today. You played better than me. You’re an unbelievable champion and you’re an inspiration to me, both on and off the court. You’re an unbelievable friend — and you definitely owe drinks later.”

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