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Serena Williams holds the trophy as she celebrates her win over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their 2013 US Open women's singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 8, 2013 in Flushing Meadows. (Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: There’s No Stopping Serena Williams With Emotions In Check

Dealing with adversity in intense matches is where Serena Williams has shown the biggest improvement. As her sister Venus said, “the only player that can beat Serena is Serena herself.”

09/09/2013

Serena Williams of the United States of America celebrates a point during her women's singles final match against Victoria Azarenka (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Serena Williams Defeats Azarenka, Repeats As US Open Champion

American Serena Williams captured her second straight US Open title over Victoria Azarenka in a repeat of last year’s final.

09/08/2013

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays against Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their US Open women's singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Sept. 6, 2013. (Photo: TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Azarenka Wins Ugly, Gets Dominant Serena In US Open Final Rematch

Six times, Serena Williams was a single point from winning on Friday. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable.

09/06/2013

Serena Williams plays a forehand during her women's singles quarterfinal match against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain on Day 9 of the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Serena Williams Nears 5th US Open, 17th Slam Title In All

Yes, that’s right: Williams already owns 16 Grand Slam titles, is ranked No. 1, is three weeks from her 32nd birthday — and yet she still wants to get better.

09/06/2013

Flavia Pennetta of Italy embraces Roberta Vinci at the net after their women's singles quarterfinal match on Day 10 of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2013. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Azarenka And Nadal Turn Their Games Up, Earn Spots In US Open Semis

Flavia Pennetta made her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in an all-Italian quarterfinal at the US Open.

09/04/2013

Andy Murray celebrates winning his men's singles fourth round match at the US Open on September 3, 2013. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Murray, Djokovic Move Into US Open Quarterfinals; Nadal On Tap

Andy Murray is well aware things probably will get a tad tougher the rest of the way at the US Open, starting with No. 9 Stanlisas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.

09/04/2013

Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro during their 2013 US Open quarterfinals on Sept. 3, 2013. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena The Wrecking Machine Steams Into US Open Semifinals

From an ace on the first point to a stinging return on the last, Serena Williams was close to perfect in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. The score said it all Tuesday night: 6-0, 6-0.

09/03/2013

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liguori: Serena Wins Revenge Match Against Sloane Stephens

In the most compelling match-up of the tournament so far, top seed and defending champion Serena showed fellow American Stephens who’s boss.

09/01/2013

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Serena Routs Sloane Stephens, Advances To Quarterfinals

Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January.

09/01/2013

Alison Riske (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

American Alison Riske Makes US Open Round Of 16

Maybe’s Riske’s incredible run isn’t that much of a surprise considering her recent surge.

08/31/2013

Sloane Stephens (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

American Sloane Stephens Reaches US Open’s 4th Round For First Time

Sloane Stephens reached the fourth round at the US Open for the first time, and a matchup against defending champion Serena Williams could be next.

08/30/2013

Na Li of China celebrates a point during her women's singles third-round match against Laura Robson of Great Britain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Li Na Avenges Loss To Laura Robson In US Open 3rd Round

The fifth-seeded Li avenged her third-round upset loss to the young Brit at last year’s US Open, winning in straight sets Friday at the same stage at Flushing Meadows.

08/30/2013

Novak Djokovic at the US Open (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Djokovic, Murray, Serena Highlight Busy Friday At US Open

Serena Williams will be back on court Friday, facing Yaroslava Shvedova in the nightcap at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Former champs Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also have matches, while two other US Open winners, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt, play each other.

08/30/2013

Serena Williams (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Serena, Nadal Cruise, 17-Year-Old Duval Falls On Day 4 Of US Open

Only a few spots separate them in the seedings. Still, the considerable gulf between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Sara Errani was hard to ignore in their matches Thursday at the U.S. Open.

08/29/2013

Serena Williams (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Liguori: Which Americans Will Go Deep In The US Open Draw?

Gone is the Golden Era of American tennis. Every year, the names Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert seem to fade further in our country’s tennis consciousness.

08/27/2013

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