Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam title in four sets

Serena Williams begins US Open with a convincing singles win

Serena Williams began her second major of the season by winning her first singles title at the US Open on Monday.

Williams, who hadn’t won a Grand Slam since the Australian Open in January, made a steady comeback to win the final in four sets. She had an opportunity to win Monday night’s final, which took place at a twilight hour that was earlier than the Grand Slams of the past 20 years, after a victory over Elena Vesnina on Court 1 on Friday.

Williams, who has not lost a match at a Grand Slam since a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 upset at the Australian Open in January, had lost only two sets in her last five matches after beating American Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Aegon Championships in March. After that win, Williams became the 24th member of the Women’s Tennis Association Hall of Fame, the oldest in the history of the sport.

“I was worried that I was not going to play and not be able to practice, but I knew that I could come and work and come back and be ready to show my best,” Williams said in the post-match press conference on Monday. “I’ve been practicing a lot [since returning to professional tennis] and getting back to my best. I’ve been working really hard in training sessions and on match days.”

Williams said before the match that she was feeling the effects of the long and intense road trip ahead, with several tournament clashes on the final stretch of the season.

There was little suspense in the end, with Williams taking the first five games to start the afternoon. She held four of her first five service games of the match, and held the first six games of the final set against world No. 34 Vesnina.

The match was close throughout its duration, with Williams holding

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