Serena Williams credits "unbelievable" Victoria Azarenka

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Serena Williams declares that it was an honour to face Victoria Azarenka after prevailing over three sets in the US Open final.

Serena Williams has shared her relief after edging Victoria Azarenka in a gruelling US Open final, declaring that it was an "honour" to test herself against the Belarusian.

Williams got the better of Azarenka in the final at Flushing Meadows for a second year running after a battle that lasted two hours and 45 minutes, with the veteran forced to dig deep in a dominant deciding set.

The 31-year-old insists that she was pushed to the limit in pursuit of a 17th Grand Slam title, quickly praising her adversary after collecting a fifth US Open title.

She said: "I definitely felt the love to thank you for all who supported. Victoria, you played unbelievable, what a great match, what a great person and what an honour to play against you.

"And to everyone in that box, I love you. Vika is such a great opponent, such a great fighter, it was never over until match point."

Azarenka had battled back from 4-1 down in the second set to level the match, but fell away in the third set as Williams found form to triumph 7-5 6-7(8) 6-1 in New York.

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka at the US Open
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