New York: Serena Williams is enjoying the moment rather than chasing history, but winning a fifth US Open on Sunday just 18 days before turning 32 has given her some age-defying and record-rivaling Grand Slam ideas.
World number one Williams defeated second-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1 to defend her title and win her 17th career Grand Slam crown, as many as men's record-holder Roger Federer has collected.
"It's an honor to be even with Roger," Williams said. "He has been such a great champion throughout the years and he's just an unbelievable competitor. It feels really good to be in that same league as him."