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Serena Williams wins U.S. Open for 18th Grand Slam title
Serena Williams wins U.S. Open for 18th Grand Slam title

It wasn't scintillating tennis. But for Serena Williams, the result certainly was. So was the payday. When she beat Caroline Wozniacki here Sunday, 6-3, 6-3, she not only had her third straight U.S. Open title, but her 18th Grand Slam tournament victory. She also earned $4 million, with $3 million of that the first-prize money for winning the tournament and the rest for having the most points in the lead-up U.S. Open series. When Wozniacki's last shot went long, Williams — on the side of the court nearest her box of friends and supporters — collapsed on her back right below them in a sort of a dramatic exclamation point. She joked later that, when she was down...

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