US Open win salvaged my year, insists record breaking Williams

Frank Dalleres
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SHE may have arrived at Flushing Meadows with eight titles already this year, but Serena Williams insists she would have considered her season a failure if she had not won the US Open.

World No1 Williams overcame second seed Victoria Azarenka in a hard-fought 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 victory on Sunday night to claim her second grand slam of 2013 and the 17th of her career. And she says she needed a fifth US Open singles title to compensate for underwhelming campaigns at Wimbledon, where she lost in the fourth round, and the Australian Open, where she reached the quarter-finals.

“I felt almost disappointed with my year,” said the 31-year-old. “I won the French Open but I wasn’t happy with my performances in the other two slams, and not even making it to the quarter-finals of one. So I definitely feel a lot better with at least a second grand slam under my belt this year.”

Williams has played more matches, won more titles and enjoyed the best winning streak of her career this year, and her latest trophy is further proof that she is far from past her peak.

“I’ve never felt better,” she added. “I haven’t felt like this in a number of years.”