The No. 4 seed was the favorite coming into the U.S. Open after sweeping Wimbledon and the Olympics, and she rolled into the final without dropping set. There she met one of the best hardcourt players of the season in world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, and the two engaged in a battle of aggressive shotmaking and counterpunching that Serena would win 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. The win marked Serena's fourth U.S. Open title and 15th overall Grand Slam title.