Tennis: Serena Williams wins fifth US Open title

World number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title on Sunday, defeating second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 to capture her 17th career Grand Slam singles crown. -- PHOTO: AFP
World number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title on Sunday, defeating second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 to capture her 17th career Grand Slam singles crown. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title on Sunday, defeating second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 to capture her 17th career Grand Slam singles crown.

With her second title in a row, the 31-year-old American became the oldest Open Era women's winner in US Open history, 293 days older than Australian Margaret Court when she set the prior mark in 1973, and the Open Era's third-oldest Grand Slam women's champion.

Williams won US$3.6 million (S$4.6 million), including a US$1 million bonus for her success in US Open tuneup events. She is the first top-seeded champion since Justine Henin in 2007 and the first to defend the women's crown since Kim Clijsters in 2010.