Serena Williams was rattled for the first time in this year’s U.S. Open tournament. Between the strong winds and her tough opponent Victoria Azarenka, Williams appeared frustrated but she was still able to win her fifth U.S. Open title 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 on Sunday.
Williams hit her racket on the ground after one missed shot. She also was caught saying to the people in her box, “I can’t play in this wind.” The top-seeded Williams was later able to compose herself and to win her second straight U.S. Open title.
Williams, who is considered the best female tennis player ever, has captured a total of 17 Grand Slam singles.
“She’s a champion, and she knows how to repeat that. She knows what it takes to get there. I know that feeling, too. And when two people who want that feeling so bad meet, it’s like a clash,” Azarenka said.
Williams has improved to 67-4 with a career-high nine titles in 2013.
“Vika’s such a great opponent, such a great fighter,” Williams said, “and that’s why she’s been able to win multiple Grand Slams. That’s why it was never over until match point.”