Serena Williams, a vegan, defeats Victoria Azarenka for U.S. Open title
by Lindsey Little
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Vegan tennis superstar, Serena Williams, won her fifth U.S. Open Championship on Sunday. She beat out Victoria Azarenka in three sets – her first three-setter in the tournament – though it didn’t come easy.

This is Williams’ 17th Grand Slam singles title, making her one title shy of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova (another vegan) on the all-time leaders list.

“When you’re always trying to write history, or join history in my case, maybe you just get a little more nervous than you should,” she said. “I got a little uptight.”

The blustering wind was a factor all evening. Williams’ groundstrokes were inconsistent, sometimes missing by feet when she normally misses by inches – if at all. Whether it was the windy conditions or her nerves, the tennis star appeared rattled.

Down a set and two breaks, Azarenka came back to even the match at a set apiece in a second set tiebreak.

“Vika’s such a great opponent; she’s such a fighter,” Williams said after the match. “It was never over until match point.”

Williams called the wind “unbelievable.” Several times on Sunday her shots went long, and each time she threw her hands up in the air. When down 6-4 in the tiebreak, Williams threw her racket to the ground in frustration.

“I thought, ‘This is outrageous that I’m still out here,’ because I had had a great opportunity to win already,” she said. “So I thought — you know what? — I just have to relax, calm down, and play smarter tennis.”

The third set proved to be a little easier for Williams. Azarenka said, “From the first point, the tension, the battle, the determination, it was raising. Really, you know, kind of like boiling water. I fought as hard as I could. But I lost to a great champion.” She also went on to say that it was special to play someone who may become the greatest female tennis player of all time. This year’s match was similar to last year’s, in which Williams defeated Azarenka in another three-set nail-biter. “I’m not going to lie, it hurts bad,” Azarenka said, adding that she has grown as a player and that this year’s final felt nothing like last year’s.

For Williams, this title did feel different. It significantly affected her place in tennis history. She’s now higher on the all-time major championship lists and is tied with men’s record-holder Roger Federer, who also has 17 majors. Williams smiled and said it was an honor to be tied with him.

She had this to say when asked if the title helps when looking back at the level of success she has this year:

“Absolutely. I felt almost disappointed with my year, to be honest. I felt like, yeah, I won the French Open, but I wasn’t happy with my performances in the other two Slams. … I definitely feel a lot better with at least a second Grand Slam under my belt this year.”

For her win on Sunday, plus the $1 million bonus for winning the US Open Series, Williams took home a record $3.6 million.

Photo Credit: Neale Cousland /
Source: USA Today

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  • Toni Kulma

    She is not vegan. She just said in an article on Aug. 29, 2013 that she ‘tries’ to replace more beef and chicken with fish and vegetables. Venus is not vegan either although she tries to be. She admits to slipping up on occasion.

    • The Vegetarian Site

      Still, it’s a far cry from their prior McDonald’s diet and advertising.

  • Tennis anyone?

    She’s a complete phony anyways. The true Serena is the aggressive angry loud mouthed threatening person we saw at the US Open a few years back when she was ejected for threatening the linewoman. That volcano is the true Serena, simmering under the surface of a fake smile and breathy voice. It’s barely tolerable to watch her superficiality.

    • Ann Blankenship

      No she isn’t a phony at all. But you’re a complete idiot. The word is defaulted, not ejected. Try actually learning a little something about the sport. Right, the “true Serena”….that’s why she’s been defaulted SO many times. Oh wait….it’s happened exactly once.