Serena Williams is the 2012 US Open champion after defeating world no.1 Victoria Azarenka in a three set battle 6-2 2-6 7-5.
This is the 4th Flushing Meadows triumph for the American and her 15th Grand Slam career title overall. She was going into the match as a favourite, with a 9-1 head to head record against the Belarusian and she was yet to drop a set at this year’s championships.
However, Williams was more than tested by Azarenka and came two points from defeat, just to turn the match around and add another Major title to her already vast collection.
After the American stormed to take the first set, she suddenly started producing a lot more unforced errors in set two, also thanks to Azarenka’s more aggresive and precise baseline game. As the encounter got tied at one set apiece, it was only hard to pick a winner for this one. The New York crowd were part of a spectacular third set, with lots of twists and turns. Azarenka went up a break at the very beginning of the decider, just before Serena managed to level the score at 2-2. The Belarusian struck again in the 7th game, taking William’s serve to love and subsequently consolidating the break to take a 5-3 lead. After the American held serve, there came a big opportunity for Azarenka to serve out the match and win her second Grand Slam career title. But Serena showed some fighting spirit and with a huge crowd support, she clawed the break back to draw score at 5-5. This came as a huge boost for the American and not only did she got ahead for the first time in the set, but she managed to take Vika’s serve yet again, sealing the match and falling on her back in celebration.