It took everything she had following a dominant run through the U.S. Open, but Serena Williams would not be denied as she topped Victoria Azarenka in the final to win her second consecutive and fifth U.S. Open trophy. Serena’s legacy? Yeah, you could call her the G.O.A.T.
Folks, Azarenka ain’t no joke. It took longer than expected for Serena to beat her, but that was just because the reigning champ was so favored heading into the match. Williams eventually won 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, but let it be known she earned that fifth U.S. Open title after a dominant run to the final.
This victory gives Serena her 17th career Grand Slam singles title. That not only puts her further atop the all-time leaders, but it puts her into a different category because now she’s tied men’s record holder Roger Federer in the career Grand Slam titles category. On top of that, Serena collected a record $3.6 million in earnings. Needless to say, life is good for the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.