Serena has made herself into the Queen of Tennis for 2012 by winning yet another Grand Slam title. Williams clinched both a victory in the US Open, as well as player-of-the-year honors by defeating the world’s #1 ranked player, Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. The match was closer than previous outings during the tournament, but Williams walked away with the victory.
Williams started the tournament as a #4 seed, which was lower than usual for her. This is the fifth major win for Williams in recent months, after winning the singles and doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the London Olympics. There appears to be nothing that can stop her.
In this tournament, Williams had to actually make a comeback in order to win. Down 3-5 in the final set, Williams used the strength of a black woman to fight for the victory against all odds. This was the first women’s final to go all the way to the end since 1995. It was also the longest duration finals match since 1981, lasting for 2 hours and 18 minutes.
“Oh my god,” said Williams after her shocking win. “I honestly can’t believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, ‘Man, she’s playing so great.’ ”
Williams turns 31 years old this month, but plays tennis as if she were still 18. She is coming off a year-long break due to numerous injuries and medical problems, including two foot surgeries and a hematoma in her stomach.
In spite of her obstacles, Williams has risen to greatness. She is now secure in her spot as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.