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4 best US Open women's finals in the Open Era

  • Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have all been part of some great US Open finals.
Arjun
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Modified 15 Dec 2018, 13:58 IST

#2 Serena Williams vs Victoria Azarenka (2013)

2013 US Open Champion Serena Williams
2013 US Open Champion Serena Williams

The 2013 US Open final was a repeat of the 2012 US Open final between two of the best baseline strokemakers that the game of tennis has ever had. The only difference this time was that Serena Williams was the top seed and Azarenka was the 2nd seed.

The path to the final was pretty straightforward for Serena, just like in 2012. But Azarenka needed to win two 3 set matches, in the 3rd round and 4th round, both occasions needing a comeback from a set down.

Having taken the first set 7-5, Serena lead by 4-1 in the second. She served for the match twice, at 5-4 and 6-5, only to see Azarenka claw her way back each time.

Azarenka took the set to a tiebreak which she eventually won 8-6.

Two of Azarenka's 7 double faults in the match came when she was trailing 1-2 in the third set. Serena on the other hand had 9 aces, including a 126 mph ace down the T.

A second break of the Azarenka serve followed when Serena was leading 4-1 and she served it out with a 106 mph ace. It was Serena's 5th US Open crown and her second successive win over Azarenka at the US Open Final.


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Published 15 Dec 2018, 13:58 IST
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