Monday, 8 September 2014


Leveller: Williams has caught  Martina Navratilova (left) and Chris Evert (right) on 18 Grand Slam titlesTaking it all in: Williams lays on the court at the Arthur Ashe Arena after her emphatic winOver the moon: Serena Williams celebrates her US Open victory with a jump for joy with the trophy
It took Serena Williams two months to go from the nadir of her Wimbledon embarrassment to Grand Slam champion in two months, emphatically claiming her 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday night. The 32 year-old American equalled the Major tally of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert by overcoming an edgy Caroline Wozniacki in the US Open final 6-3 6-3 in 75 minutes, reconfirming her position as the world's number one player. After collapsing on the court in delight and trying, and failing, to surpress her emotion, she was presented by the two legends with an eighteen carat gold bracelet from Tiffany's marking the achievement.In addition to the jewellry she received a cheque for $4 million (£2.41 million), comprising of her tournament winnings and a bonus for being the dominant player in the recent American events. It was the biggest single prize in tennis history.

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