Serena Williams won her 4th U.S. Open and 15th Grand Slam title yesterday, beating Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 6-2 2-6 7-5 in an enthralling womens’ final at Ashe Stadium yesterday.

It was the first ever U.S. Open womens’ singles final to go to 3 sets in history at the Ashe Stadium venue, which has been the venue for the final since 1997.

Williams powered her way to the first set 6-2 threatening to produce a comfortable straight set win over the world number-one. However Azarenka, who came back from 1-0 in her semi-final over Maria Sharapova, showed resolve again to break Williams’ twice to level the match in the second.

Both players’ serves were broken in the start of the all-important decider. Azarenka then broke the American again in the seventh and held to lead 5-3 and make Williams serve to stay in the match.

However, the 30-year old showed her champion spirit to do so before levelling the set with a break. Some big serves put Williams 6-5 up within one game of victory. And after Azarenka hit long the match was over and Williams had her fourth U.S. Open at the end of an exciting Grand Slam final which should give women’s tennis a much needed boost.

Simon Mulligan