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Serena Williams; Rafael Nadal tops at U.S. Open

By RAY ROBINSON | 9/10/2013, 9:17 a.m.
Serena Williams reacts after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Serena Williams is a beast. Heading into Sunday's match against second-seed player, Victoria Azarenka, at the U.S. Open, Willliams brought with her a career-high 34 game win streak and also touted the fact that she had previously won eight titles already in 2013.

On Sunday, Williams showed no mercy. The defending champion took charge early in the match and kept the pressure on Azarenka. She

was able to dig down within herself and fought to the bitter end, to win her second Grand Slam title of the year after recently winning the French Open. She beat Azarenka, 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-1.

Williams often times had to contend with not only Azarenka's attack, but with the wind that kept carrying her shots to places unknown. Her skirt often danced in the winds as she tugged at the hem of the garment to keep it from doing like Marilyn Monroe's dress did in the movie.

During the second set, Williams struggled a bit, eventually losing it although she took a 4-1 lead to start it off. She righted the ship in the third set and then took care of her business.

Williams is now the proud owner of 17 Grand Slam singles titles and doesn't seem to want to let up. After having a good year according to the many sports fans, writers and former players, she still has a few other things that she would like to accomplish in the wide world of tennis.

She has her sights set on catching two of tennis' top stars who are now in the history books. She is just seven wins short of passing Margaret Court's all-time major record of 24 titles and only 5 wins away from surpassing Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 wins.

The 31-year old brought her "A" game with her on Sunday, leaving Azarenka fighting back the tears as the two met at the net to shake hands after the match was over. Serena, on the other hand was wearing a smile so big and so bright that she mother really did need to don the huge sunglasses that she was sporting.

After the win, she was beaming with joy over what she had just done. However, she hadn't felt real good about her performances earlier in the season, even though she was still winning her matches. " I won the French Open but I wasn't happy with my performances in the other two slams, and didn't even make it to the quarter-finals of another one. So I definitely feel alot better with at least a second Grand Slam under my belt this year," she stated.

During the match on Sunday, Williams had to fight herself on several occasions to get back in the game mentally. She let a double-break lead get away from her and then couldn't serve the match out on two occasions as Azarenka continued to fight back with good charges to the net and while playing some really good tennis. Still, she just didn't have enough to stop Williams.