Serena celebrates her U.S. Open victory

Serena Williams, who turns 32 on Sept. 26, raised her Grand Slam singles title count to 17, the sixth-most in history and one shy of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Williams collected a $3.6 million prize, including a $1 million bonus for producing the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit leading up to the U.S. Open.




Helped by nine aces, one at 126 mph, Williams improved to 67-4 with a career-best nine titles in 2013. Since a first-round exit at the 2012 French Open, Williams is 98-5 with 14 titles, winning four of the past six Grand Slam tournaments.

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Serena Williams of the U.S. embraces her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. embraces her trophy after defeating Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Serena Williams of the U.S. embraces her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wipes her face as she sits by the winner's trophy (L) after being defeated by Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Azarenka of Belarus sits with a towel after being defeated by Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wipes her face as she sits by the winner's trophy (L) after being defeated by Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus sits with a towel over her face after being defeated by Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Azarenka of Belarus sits with a towel over her face after being defeated by Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus sits with a towel over her face after being defeated by Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her winner's trophy as she embraces Victoria Azarenka of Belarus after Williams won their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her winner's trophy as she embraces Azarenka of Belarus after Williams won their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her winner's trophy as she embraces Victoria Azarenka of Belarus after Williams won their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her winner's trophy as Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (L) holds the runner up trophy after Williams won their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her winner's trophy as Azarenka of Belarus holds the runner up trophy after Williams won their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Serena Williams of the U.S. holds her winner's trophy as Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (L) holds the runner up trophy after Williams won their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Serena Williams of the U.S. raises her trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (L) congratulates Serena Williams of the U.S.on her victory in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Azarenka of Belarus congratulates Serena Williams of the U.S. on her victory in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (L) congratulates Serena Williams of the U.S.on her victory in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York
Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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