Serena Williams' commitment pays off with another U.S. Open title

Monday September 9th, 2013
Serena Williams on Sunday won her fifth U.S. Open title. She now has 17 Grand Slam titles.
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

"The greatest tennis player we've ever seen," Chris Evert announced after watching Williams double-bagel Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinals. "She doesn't have the best record, but nobody's had a game like her."

Victoria Azarenka rallied from a two-break deficit in the second set to a force a third but couldn't overcome Serena Williams.
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Yes, now Serena realizes. She keeps insisting that her life today -- the wins, the warmer crowds, this stage of her career -- is all a bonus, but she's also greedy. She won't be leaving anytime soon.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.