Williams beats Wozniacki for 18th grand slam title

Sun Sep 7, 2014 9:22pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams swept past good friend Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-3 in the U.S. Open final on Sunday to move up in the record books with her 18th grand slam title.

It was the third straight and sixth overall U.S. Open crown for the 32-year-old American, her 18 career slams putting her alongside Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the all-time list.

Failing to get beyond the last 16 of the year’s first three slams, Williams sailed through the U.S. Open without dropping a set, finishing off Dane Wozniacki in a snappy 75 minutes.

"I have been trying to reach it for so long, since last year," said Williams, hoisting her first grand slam trophy since lifting the same trophy a year ago. "I didn't really think I would get there. I just felt so good.

"I definitely did not think I was going to win a slam this year.

"To win the U.S. Open, that was my dream. Every time I win here it's just a really incredible special moment for me.

"I'm just a simple individual who just wants to win titles and wants to play tennis.

"The reason I play is to sit at the end of the day and hold the trophy or stand and hold the trophy. For me, that's my joy."   Continued...

 
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in their women's singles finals match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 7, 2014.                  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton