Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Serena Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to capture her sixth U.S. Open title on Sunday.
The top-seeded Williams had early exits at the previous three Grand Slams this year, but didn’t drop a set en route a three-peat at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
She lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the second round of the French Open and third round of Wimbledon.
Williams maintained her dominant form at this fortnight in the final, firing seven aces and owning a healthy 29-4 edge in winners.
The opening set featured five consecutive breaks of serve before Williams held to go up 5-2.
After Wozniacki held for the first time in the match, Williams closed out the opening set with a powerful backhander.
One ace accounted for all of Wozniacki’s winners in the first set.
Williams earned two more breaks in the second set and when Wozniacki’s last shot sailed long of the baseline, she fell on her back at Arthur Ashe Stadium before rising to receive congratulations from her good pal.
The No. 1-ranked American star became the second woman in the Open Era to win three consecutive U.S. Opens. Chris Evert won four straight in 1975-78.
Williams, who has won all six finals she’s played in 2014, matched Evert and Martina Navratilova for the second-most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era with 18. Steffi Graf leads with 22.
The six U.S. Open crowns also ties Williams with Evert for the most in the Open Era.
Wozniacki, seeded 10th at this tournament, appeared in her second final at a major. She was the Flushing Meadows runner-up to Kim Clijsters in 2009.
The Dane is projected to return to the Top 10 in the world rankings for the first time since dropping out after the Australian Open in January. She will move up to No. 9 with her run to the final.