It was windy. It was challenging, but when it was all over, Serena Williams was once again in a familiar place:
The winner's circle of a Grand Slam tournament.
Serena captured her 17th such singles title yesterday (the sixth most in history), defeating Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 and becoming the first woman to ever top $50 million in career earnings.
Is Williams the greatest female player of all-time? Debate that question as you check out a few enthusiastic Twitter responses from a few familiar names below...
Katie Couric: Wow wow wow. What an awesome match! Congrats Serena but props to Victoria too! #UsOpen
Missy Elliott: @serenawilliams Congratulations to @serenawilliams who did her thaaang today!!! Well everytime u play u do:) We are Proud of u!!!
Rainn Wilson: I love love love @SerenaWilliams. 17th Grand Slam!
Terrell Owens: Congrats to @serenawilliams Winner of 2013 singles championship!! #5timewinner #17thcareergrandslamtitle
Lena Dunham: Let's just change the name of "sports" to WILLIAMSES
Robin Roberts: What an exciting match!! Congrats to @serenawilliams, her 5th US Open title and 17th grand slam championship. Can finally walk my dog. :-)