Serena Williams Captures Fourth U.S. Open Singles Title

Serena Williams tops Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the women's singles finals to win her 15th career major title.

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2012 U.S. Open: Serena Williams 'Shocked' To Have Won Fourth Open Title

Serena Williams walked out of Arthur Ashe Stadium with her fourth U.S. Open singles title Sunday, but faced with world's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, even Williams was prepared to lose.

"I honestly can't believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, 'Man, she's playing so great,'" Williams said during the trophy presentation. "I'm really shocked."

Down 3-5 in the decisive third set of the women's final late Sunday afternoon and into the evening, Williams was on the edge of dropping her second straight U.S. Open final, after losing to Samantha Stosur in the 2011 women's final.

Williams had been expected to breeze past the No. 1 Azarenka, as she had held a 9-1 all-time record against Azarenka in their 10 meetings. Instead, Azarenka forced Williams into a tough and exciting third set, where Williams eventually prevailed.

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2012 U.S. Open Tennis Scores: Serena Williams Comes Back To Win In 3rd Set

Serena Williams came from behind in the third and deciding set to defeat Victoria Azarenka in the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open on Sunday, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

After rallying from 5-2 down in the third set, Williams won five straight points to take the lead and the match. Her last two points came on return errors by Azarenka.

When her first serve failed, Williams seemed to get a bit tense and make small mental mistakes. She still had 13 aces to Azarenka's none. Williams also record 45 unforced errors, while Azarenka finished with just 28.

This is Williams' fourth career U.S. Open victory (1998, 2002, 2008). It marks her second consecutive major tournament win along with taking gold at the London Olympics this past summer. Williams now has 15 major tournament victories for her career.

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U.S. Open 2012 Tennis Scores: Serena Williams Advances To Final In Straight Sets

Serena Williams put on a tennis clinic for Sara Errani Friday evening, overwhelming the Italian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to reach her sixth U.S. Open final.

It took only 64 minutes to get Errani off the court, with Williams racking up nine aces. Williams now has a tournament-leading 50 aces through the U.S. Open and has only lost one of the 26 matches she's participated in since losing in the first round of the French Open back in May.

It was clear that Errani didn't stand a chance from the start, as this year's French Open runner-up didn't come within a point of winning a game until Williams was already up 5-0.

The 30-year-old Williams is now set to face top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets earlier in the day, but will undoubtedly have her hands full with Williams, whom she is 1-9 against all-time.

For more updates on the 2012 U.S. Open, check out SB Nation's tennis hub. Live scores can be viewed at the event's website.


2012 U.S. Open Scores: Bryan Brothers Win Fourth U.S. Open Doubles Title

Bob and Mike Bryan have won their fourth doubles title at the U.S Open, defeating fifth-seeded Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4.

The Americans managed two breaks, and did not allow a break all match.

This was a repeat match-up of the 2012 Australian Open, where Paes-Stepanek were victorious. The Bryans won the gold medal in doubles tennis in the London Olympics last month.

For the American twins, it is their 12th Grand Slam Championship.

This afternoon, Maria Sharapova (3) will take on Victoria Azarenka (1) and Serena Williams (4) will battle Sara Errani (10) in the women's semifinals. Those can be seen on CBS.

On Saturday, the men's semifinals will begin at 11 AM in Arthur Ashe Stadium: Tomas Berdych (6) vs. Andy Murray (3) followed immediately by David Ferrer (4) vs. Novak Djokovic (2). These will also be on CBS.

For a full look at all matches, head to the U.S. Open's official website.

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