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    Serena Williams Wins US Open

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09:  Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point during the women's singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Fourteen of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

    Alex Trautwig

    Belarusian Victoria Azarenka gave Serena Williams a run for her money Sunday, but wavered in the final minutes and fell to the American power-hitter 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. Williams blasted out of the gate to take an early lead, dominating the first set 6-2. She lost her footing on serve in the second set, and Azarenka took the opportunity to swing the match in her favor. Both players regained their focus in the third set, fighting through long rallies and trading service breaks. Azarenka broke Williams to go up 5-3, and appeared to be headed for victory, but Serena retook control in the final minutes to win. It was her fourth U.S. Open title, and her 15th Grand Slam tournament victory.

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