Serena Williams’ final stretch of victory stunned the sport

‘Just Serena’: Williams’ upset win at US Open keeps the legend advancing in final days of her storied career By: The Associated Press Updated: Oct 2, 2018 – 6:42 PM Loading… of 0 just…

Serena Williams' final stretch of victory stunned the sport

‘Just Serena’: Williams’ upset win at US Open keeps the legend advancing in final days of her storied career

By: The Associated Press

Updated: Oct 2, 2018 – 6:42 PM

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just Serena: Williams’ upset win at US Open keeps the legend advancing in final days of her storied career

FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Williams, center, of the United States looks through a window in her dressing room at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Williams, who last won the women’s open in 2009, has lost seven finals in the last 11 tries, including the last four years. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Williams, center, of the United States looks through a window in her dressing room at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Williams, who last won the women’s open in 2009, has lost seven finals in the last 11 tries, including the last four years. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

Serena Williams’ last-gasp victory — and the way she used her emotions in the final stretch — left women’s tennis fans reeling. For decades, American women had been barred from making use of their emotions and Williams, a champion before she had even reached the top tier of the sport, had done just that, on and off the court.

There’s a reason why the Williams dynasty — which began with her winning her first major in 2001 and which has seen her play more than 100 official matches at majors, in a dozen Grand Slam events, and more than 100 finals, at 16 — is so revered. She personifies the sport’s ideal and yet, at some point, even her fans have admitted they are not exactly sure who she is.

Williams’ loss at the US Open in the final round Tuesday to Naomi Osaka on a day when she was down 3-0 to Osaka and could have gone down 3-1 by losing two more times, had been such an emotional one, especially on the women’s side of the game, that it stunned the sport and the world.

Williams was playing — and winning — the final Grand Slam

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