It was compelling tennis all week in Cincinnati, and the women's singles final at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday featuring the top two seeds in Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka lived up to its advance billing.
With a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory on a perfect Sunday afternoon, world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka claimed the 2013 Western & Southern Open keeping Williams from one of the few important titles on the WTA Tour that eludes her, and she is now Queen of the Queen City as the tennis world readies for the U.S. Open.
Azarenka fought the odds and the fact that Williams had won 12 of their last 14 meetings to head into the year's final major on a major roll.
Azarenka didn't lose faith after dropping the first set. With Williams committing 26 unforced errors in the second set, she was right back in the thick of things.
In fact, Azarenka was happy to let Serena somewhat dictate play- hoping it may off in the end.
"Take your opportunities and really don't let her swing through," said the champion after the match.
That is just what she did. Azarenka capitalized on Williams' mistakes and converted at the right time.
Truth be told, Serena was never sharp all week. I have a feeling she will make the necessary changes and steamroll the competition the first week in New York. Her attitude was pretty good all week and her team will have her prepared.
This was the Belarusian's third WTA title of the year- she also won the Australian Open and Doha, and the 17th WTA title of her career.
Both players will now be heading to New York and the U.S. Open, where they will looking to grab a bigger title.
Another meeting is possible- very soon.