|Serena Williams of the United States celebrates with the trophy during the awarding ceremony for the women's singles at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Sept. 9, 2012. Serena Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 2-1 to claim the title. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)
NEW YORK, Setp. 9 (Xinhua) -- American Serena Williams won the last four games to beat top ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-2, 2-6 and 7-5 to take her fourth U.S. Open title and 15th Grand Slam title overall here on Sunday.
Serena had a 9-1 record against Azarenka prior to the final and she hadn't dropped a set in the tournament, losing only 19 games through six matches before Sunday.
"Serena deserves the win. She showed how true of a champion she is," said Azarenka, "I definitely gave it all today. I will have no regrets."
However, Azarenka hadn't dropped a three-set match all season until Sunday, going 12-0 in matches that went the distance, including victories over defending U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals and 2006 champion Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.
And Azarenka was even two points away from the championship victory at 30-30 with Williams serving, but couldn't convert. And when she served for the victory at 5-4, she made three errors in the game to show the jitters that are understandable as this was only her second career Grand Slam final.
Serena, who turns 31 on Sept. 26, is the first 30-year-old woman to win the U.S. Open since Martina Navratilova in 1987. She won her very first major championship at age 17 at the 1999 U.S. Open.