Serena Williams showed her champions’ mettle to come back from a break down in the third set to beat World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, in the first U.S. Open women’s final to go to three sets since 1995. But enough can’t be said for Azarenka, who took advantage of Serena’s dip in form through the second and much of the third set to put herself in the position to serve for the championship at 5-4 in the third set. Experience won out in the end, as Azarenka let loose some nervy errors to relinquish the break and up stepped Serena, who won the final four games of the match to capture her fourth U.S. Open title, 15th major overall, and cap off a summer in which she won Wimbledon, Olympic gold, and the U.S. Open.
Courtney Nguyen was there to live-blog the action. Click below to read her analysis as the three-set drama unfolded.