Serena Williams: Memorable moments at the U.S. Open
Serena Williams heads into the U.S. Open looking to both defend her 2014 title and complete the calendar-year Grand Slam. Here are some great Serena moments at the tournament.
1998: Serena Williams enters her first U.S. Open at 18. She lost in the third round to Irina Spirlea, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.
1999 U.S. Open Final: Serena Williams defeats Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (4) and wins her first U.S. Open.
2004 U.S. Open quarterfinal: Jennifer Capriati defeats Serena Williams, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. This was Williams' first event after a knee injury. With many missed line calls this match, Williams suffered the loss.
2009 U.S. Open Final: Serena Williams is called for a foot fault, she offered to shove the ball down a lineswoman's throat, is penalized a point on match point and loses to Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 7-6. She was also fined a record $82,000 for that outburst.
2011 U.S. Open final: Samantha Stosur defeats Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-3, after another extraordinary outburst at the official. She said, "I truly despise you and you’re unattractive inside.” She was subsequently forced to pay a $2,000 fine.
2012 U.S. Open Final: Two points shy of losing to Victoria Azarenka, Serena rallied and won the last four games to win her fourth career U.S. Open championship.
2013 U.S. Open Final: Top-seededWilliams won her fifth U.S. Open championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in a windy final. Williams hadn't lost a set in her previous six matches but was bothered by the swirling air and Azarenka's strong play.
2014 U.S. Open Final: It took Williams an hour and 15 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium to defeat good friend Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3, and put an exclamation mark on the ending of what had been a question-mark Grand Slam season. It was Williams' third straight U.S. Open title, her sixth overall and her 18th Grand Slam victory.