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Serena wrestles way to more history

World No. 1 pulls off US Open championship after letting huge lead slip away

Updated: September 8, 2013, 11:02 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- She was still a few weeks shy of her 18th birthday when, with a cascade of white beads in her hair, she announced herself to the world right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Serena Williams beat a 16-year-old Belgian named Kim Clijsters in the third round, then took down three Grand Slam champions -- Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis -- on the way to her first major singles title.

That was, impossibly, 14 years ago.

The former champs have all been ...

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