Serena Williams is the 2014 US Open champion after a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in one hour and 15 minutes on Sunday in New York. Williams needed to go to deuce to hold in the first game of the match but then broke Wozniacki to take an early 2-0 lead. The Dane broke back immediately although it was the American’s double faults that brought the set back on serve more than anything else.
The 24-year old lost her second straight service game to hand the break advantage back to the world number one. The bizarre nature of the opening set continued as the tenth seed broke straight back again. Sure enough the next game saw the top seed break and it was 4-2 to the 32-year old.
Williams finally held serve again to take charge of the set. Wozniacki finally held her serve at the fourth time of asking but the American held in the next game to take the first set 6-3 in 40 minutes. Ominously for the 24-year old, the last 19 US Open champions had won the first set.
The horror of the first set reared its ugly head immediately in the second as the tenth seed found herself a break down straight away. The set swayed to and fro but the world number one kept her nose in front. At 3-5, 15-15 on Wozniacki’s serve the pair played out a monumental 26 shot rally that ended with the Dane hitting an unforced error into the net. A point later it was double match point to the American.
Wozniacki’s backhand return at the end of the next rally was long and Williams was an 18-time Major champion. Williams powered 29 winners past the Dane, could only hit four of her own at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.