Serena Williams won her 15th Grand Slam crown on Sunday by defeating Victoria Azarenka in a classic final.
The American won 6-2 2-6 7-5 had to fight back from a 5-3 deficit in the final and deciding set against Azarenka, the world’s top ranked woman.
Williams, the number four seed, was dominant early with 16 winners to just two, but faded dramatically in the second set as Azarenka came storming back into the match.
Azarenka won her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in January and had not lost a three-set match this year.
The 30-year-old Williams forced some errors when down in the third set and her power game was too much as Azarenka failed to finish the match off. The match featured a number of classic shots in crunch time situations and went right down to the wire.
"I honestly can't believe I won," said Williams.
"I really was preparing my runners-up speech because I was thinking, 'Man, she is playing great'."
The win makes Williams the second oldest title holder in US Open History after Australian Margaret Court who won at 31 and one month old. First placed prize money was $1.9 million.
To the men’s, Andy Murray faces the difficult challenge of defeating Novak Djokovic on a hard court surface later today.
If he fails to do so he will become the first man in Grand Slam history to lose his first five title games.
Djokovic is undefeated in his last 27 Grand Slam matches on hard courts.
Cyclonic conditions interrupted the Djokovic-Ferrer semi-final on Saturday, but the Serbian finished of his Spanish opponent on Sunday.
Djokovic leads the head-to-head against Murray at 8-6, but Murray won their last encounter at the semis of the London Olympics.