Serena Williams into the record books

2014-09-08 09:29

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New York – World number one Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3 6-3 in the US Open final yesterday 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 overpowered her 24-year-old opponent.

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