NEW YORK—A crackling rally escalated into the longest exchange of the match when Serena Williams scalded another shot that left Caroline Wozniacki lunging in vain and gulping deep breaths of air. Running toward a long-desired finish line, Williams unleashed a whirlwind of winners to blow Wozniacki away, 6-3, 6-3, in 75 minutes to capture her sixth U.S. Open championship.
The world No. 1 cleared a major hurdle, capturing her 18th career Grand Slam singles title to equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on a historic list. She now sits behind only Hall of Famers Helen Wills Moody (19 titles), Steffi Graf (22 titles) and Margaret Court (24 titles). The woman in the black-and-white leopard-print dress did it in dominating fashion, roaring through seven matches without surrendering a set to earn a record $4 million payday, joining Evert as the only women to win three consecutive U.S. Open crowns and reign as six-time tournament champions in the Open era.
Wozniacki is training for the New York City marathon; Williams gave her the Flushing Meadows runaround today. Transforming rallies into a series of corner-to-corner sprints for her speedy opponent, Williams commanded the center of the court, hitting 29 winners to her opponent's four—three of which were aces. And yet, she often obliterated Wozniacki's serve, breaking five times.