Hope you tuned in when we warned you—it ended up being pretty great. For the first time since 1995, a women's U.S. Open final went to a third set, and it was a closely contested one at that. After breezing through the first set in only 34 minutes, Williams was turned back just as easily by Azarenka in the second, and narrowly avoided a tie-break in the third to win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. At one point, Williams was two points from defeat in the match and was, over all three sets, only seven points ahead of Azarenka.
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