During the last 24 years, Serena Williams has reached the ultimate of the U.S. Open 10 occasions and gained the title six occasions, in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012-14. Right here’s a glance again at what she needed to say after every of these victories:
Sept. 11, 1999 – defeats Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
“I as soon as heard Althea Gibson, one among her finest pals instructed me she needed to see one other African American win a Slam earlier than her time is up. I’m so excited I had an opportunity to perform that whereas she’s nonetheless alive. It’s simply actually nice.”
Sept. 7, 2002 – defeats Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-3.
“Ten years from now, I hopefully can take a look at tapes and movies with my children and say, ‘Look, Mother did a very good job!’”
Sept. 7, 2008 – defeats Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5.
“I’ve been working so exhausting all yr. Typically I get up at like 6:00 within the morning to go observe and it was too darkish. I must wait till it will get gentle. It’s simply paying off.”
Sept. 9, 2012 –defeats Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
“I actually assume a champion is outlined not by their wins however by how they’ll get better after they fall. I’ve fallen a number of occasions. Every time I simply rise up and I mud myself off and I pray and I’m in a position to do higher or I’m in a position to get again to the extent that I need to be on.”
Sept. 8, 2013 – defeats Azarenka, 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1,
“After I was 17 I bear in mind I took my alternative proper then and there, and I made some photographs and I wasn’t making as many errors. It was nice. However, you already know, being older, it’s at all times superior and such a terrific honor, as a result of I don’t know if I’ll ever win one other Grand Slam.”
Sept. 7, 2014 – defeats Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3.
“I simply may by no means have imagined that I might be talked about with Chris Evert or with Martina Navratilova [as having gained 18 majors), as a result of I used to be only a child with a dream and a racquet. Dwelling in Compton, you already know, this by no means occurred. … I’m simply starting.”