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Summary

  1. Serena Williams wins 18th Grand Slam title - same as Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova
  2. American world number one beats Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-3 in final
  3. Williams did not drop a set in winning US title for sixth time
  4. * Denotes next server

Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams
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Start spreading the news, Williams has made it today. She is now a part of it, a member of the 18 club... and finds she's number one, top of the list, queen of the hill... OK, I'll stop now. I tried my best.

That's the end of this edition of the live text commentary. Williams had been dominant throughout the fortnight and has now won 82% of the Grand Slam finals she has contested. If there was conjecture beforehand, there shouldn't be now because Williams is one of the greats.

There will be more live text commentary on Monday for the men's final between the fresh faced new kids on the block, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. Thanks, as ever, for your contributions. Bye for now.

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John McEnerney: "Serena is the greatest of all time, none of the other greats could live with her except maybe Steffi Graf! She's just the best we've ever seen!"

Rian Hoskins: "Some excellent rallies and Wozniacki defended with resilience. However Serena has been in breathtaking form and was too powerful."

A gold bracelet, a shiny silver trophy, and a £3m payout - the biggest in tennis history. It's no wonder Williams has a wide, fixed smile and is jumping for the photographers. It's been a fruitful fortnight for the world number one.

Serena Williams
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An emotional Williams thanks the fans and her family, and the Williams camp are in tears. Hankies are required. Williams wipes away a salty tear before Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert trot on to present the champion with a gold Tiffany bracelet. Gold bracelets are a girl's best friend...

Serena Williams: "It was a really wonderful feeling. I couldn't have finished things in a better way. It is a pleasure for me to win here, I am really emotional. I couldn't ask to do it at a better place."

Serena Williams
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The 32-year-old Williams overtakes Virginia Wade to become the second oldest Grand Slam winner after Martina Navratilova, who won Wimbledon in 1990 aged 33. More records for the world number one, who is the second woman in the Open Era to win three consecutive titles at Flushing Meadows (with Chris Evert winning four straight in the '70s).

Caroline Wozniacki: "Congratulations to Serena. She really deserved it today and played better than me. She is an inspiration to me on and off the court and an unbelievable friend...and you definitely owe drinks later!"

Caroline Wozniacki
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Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

"You have to applaud Serena for the magnificence of her career. We'll get this match almost instantly because it was a bit of a shocker, yet her achievements are remarkable. To have won Grand Slams 15 years apart is a phenomenal achievement, and you would expect her to be winning at the very least one in 2015."

Williams on the floor, sucking in the oxygen. She secures a record-equalling sixth US Open title and joins Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert on 18 Grand Slam titles.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

"The last three points said it all. Wozniacki threw everything at her but Serena just bumped her level up. She's got very few records left to break."

Serena Williams of the US and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark embrace
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Game, set and match

*Williams 6-3 6-3 Wozniacki

Wozniacki digging deep, fetching and retrieving, turning defence into attack and beating the American with a delightful crosscourt forehand. 15-15 but Williams three points away from victory.

A nervy rally... oohs from the crowd as Wozniacki kisses the line... then Williams kisses the line... 24 shots... 25 shots... rollercoaster screams ripple around the court... 26 shots... Wozniacki caught in no man's land and slaps a backhand into the tape. 30-15. Williams two points away. The defending champion wastes little time. A thumping forehand winner brings up two championship points.... Wozniacki goes long! A familiar feeling for Williams, her legs collapse from beneath her. Devastating. Ruthless. History.

Serena Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki
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Williams 6-3 5-3 Wozniacki*

Williams does not want to detain us for too long. Wozniacki makes a rare foray to the tape, Williams notices from the corner of her eye, attempts to pass her with the backhand but spoons it. The 10th seed seems to have discovered that there's gold by the net and cashes in her chips to drag herself to 30-30. But the Williams serve, what a sight in full flight, gets her out of trouble once again 40-30. A thunderclap of a forehand later and Williams is a game away from retaining her title.

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Ian Campbell: "Serena is a lady on a mission. She's not letting this one go - the 18th is just over the horizon, and she deserves it."

*Williams 6-3 4-3 Wozniacki

The Wozniacki serve has found its groove. The Dane rattles off three easy points for a 40-0 lead, but there's a sense that this is perhaps too little too late. It's raining aces. A boomer from Wozniacki for a convincing hold.

Williams 6-3 4-2 Wozniacki*

It's master versus apprentice at Flushing Meadows. This is Williams's first Grand Slam final since she won the US Open title in 2013, but she is at home on this stage. She opens with an ace to go 15-0 up... plenty of slice from Williams for her second ace of the match. 30-15. Another easy point. A smile from Virginia Wade as the camera zooms in on her. A hold to 15 and the defending champion gliding serenely towards her 18th Grand Slam title.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark wipes her face
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*Williams 6-3 3-2 Wozniacki

Each Wozniacki point enthusiastically cheered by the New Yorkers and the game proves to be one of Wozniacki's most convincing. An ace to the wings - just her second winner of the match - clinching a hold to 15.

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Naveed Afzal: "Serena looking far too strong for Caroline. I feel her 18th Grand Slam is in the bag."

Williams 6-3 3-1 Wozniacki*

A double fault from Williams gifts her rival the opening point, but it proves to be a momentary blip. Wozniacki forehand return wide. Wozniacki forehand return long. And Williams, cat-like reflexes at the net, secures a hold to 15 with an irretrievable crosscourt volley.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

Caroline Wozniacki
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"I don't know what Wozniacki is thinking as far as point constrauction goes. She seems to be playing these pot shots where she is going for the winner but that is not her game. If Serena gets into third gear now this could be over really quick."

*Williams 6-3 2-1 Wozniacki

Wozniacki punishes Williams for a tame, and short, forehand, but those opportunities have been rare in this match. Williams controlling the Dane as if she were attached to her by a piece of string, side to side until the 10th seed crumbles. From 30-30 to deuce, a cannon of a return from Williams dragging her level again. Sublime from Williams! Exquisite shot-making from the top seed - thud, thud, thud - until the American unleashes a searing forehand winner. Break point - but Wozniacki reduces the arrears and stops the rot.

Williams 6-3 2-0 Wozniacki*

Serena Williams
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Williams oozing confidence. Swinging and a-grinning. The American chucks in an ace to conclude a razor-sharp hold to love.

Jill Craybas

Former WTA Tour professional on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"You have this sense Williams is now finding her groove a little bit."

Williams breaks

*Williams 6-3 1-0 Wozniacki

Actress Eva Longoria attends the women's singles final match
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Hollywood A-listers have again turned up at Flushing Meadows to watch the tennis. Clearly, no films have been made in LA over the last few days. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is the latest to be caught by the snappers. Wozniacki not desperate yet, but she is struggling to match the power of the Williams groundstrokes.

At 15-30, Wozniacki is in choppy waters... and, oh my word, the tennis gods shine on the defending champion as the top seed's forehand clips the line and falls gently on to Wozniacki's side of the court. Two break points, just the one needed. Williams forcing Wozniacki to backpedal and it is no surprise when the Dane fails to negotiate the barrier.

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Abdul Kabir: "It's really amazing that @serenawilliams can still play at this level at this stage of her career."

Game and first set

Williams 6-3 Wozniacki*

Stylish from Williams, unleashing a boomer to bring up two set points. The pair embark on another baseline slug-fest... trainers screeching from tramline to tramline, before Williams decides to end the entertaining tussle by stepping in and drilling a forehand winner down the line. Merciless.

Serena Williams of the US hits a return to Caroline Wozniacki
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*Williams 5-3 Wozniacki

Williams has yet to lose a set in this tournament and is unlikely to so in this match if Wozniacki continues to perform so passively. A brilliant return from Williams on the opening point, replays showing it tickled the line by the width of an aphid's waistline (not sure if aphids have waistlines... I'll just go with it).

From 30-15 to 30-30 - another double fault from Wozniacki giving her opponent a sniff. Errors dribbling from Wozniacki's racquet - drip, drip, drip - into the tape once, into the tape again - Break point Williams. But Wozniacki fights back from the brink, the Dane has grit for guts, and the Ashe crowd warmly applaud as Wozniacki wraps up an iffy hold.

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Alex Haworth: "Wozniacki is going to have to hold her serve a few times if she wants to stand a chance in this final."

Williams 5-2 Wozniacki*

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Williams attempting to overpower Wozniacki from the baseline, the Dane holding on... holding on... until she balloons a forehand to present Williams with a 40-15 lead. Wozniacki opting for power rather than precision again, perhaps illustrating the ferocity of Williams's shots, and, this time, a game goes to script. A hold of serve!

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Matt McGladrigan: "5 games, 4 breaks, error after error. Horrific start to the women's final."

Williams breaks

*Williams 4-2 Wozniacki

First blow to Wozniacki, but on the next point Williams creeps closer to the net, pushing her friend and rival further and further towards the back of the court with frightening ferocity. From 15-15 to break point Williams as Wozniacki fails to negotiate the barrier. The Dane wobbling like a blancmange, which is apt considering her outfit, and slips up again, netting a forehand from the baseline. Surely Williams will hold on from here?

Jill Craybas

Former WTA Tour professional on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Caroline Wozniacki
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"There have been a lot of errors from both players, both are looking a bit tentative and neither of them are moving their feet very well, which is a sign of nerves."

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

"I feel like Serena is feeling those nerves about becoming one of the greatest and Wozniacki seems to be struggling to adjust to the environment of being in a final. It's like Serena is playing on roller-skates, she is never really getting set up for her shots."

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"'Go Caroline!' 'Go Serena!' 'Go ladies!' They're not quite up to speed yet but it's early days. It's not a capacity crowd and there are a sprinkling of blue seats visible on the top tier among the sea of orange caps handed out by a sponsor. The conditions are mercifully cool compared to previous days but the ever-present breeze is causing both women a few problems."

Wozniacki breaks

Williams 3-2 Wozniacki*

The pair embark on a baseline brawl, but Wozniacki refuses to be bullied and surprisingly comes out on top. 0-30. Trouble for Williams? Oh, yes. Lots of trouble. Big trouble. Double fault from Williams. A collective New York gasp. Three break points Wozniacki. The top seed saves one, but double faults on the next point and it's a sloppy opening from both players on the grand stage.

Jill Craybas

Former WTA Tour professional on BBC Radio 5 live

"Caroline seems too frustrated to me. She needs to get focused and play more balls into the court - she is giving away too many free points. It will be down to nerves. She has had a different presence at this tournament but she looks slower here."

Williams breaks

*Williams 3-1 Wozniacki

Serena Williams
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Williams the more aggressive of the two finalists, frequently advancing towards the tape to attack the Wozniacki serve and it earns her a 0-30 lead. The backhand is the defending champion's enemy, however, and Wozniacki reins her in to 30-30. An ace down the 'T' - Wozniacki's first ace and her first winner of the match - and the crowd heartily cheer.

A backhand winner into the Wozniacki forehand corner takes us to deuce and the American goes on to collect a break point - her fifth of the match. The scrambling Wozniacki forces the game back to deuce. Advantage. Deuce. Williams dominates the 10th seed's second serve. A second break point - and Wozniacki gets caught in a trap and there's no going back, netting from the middle of the court.

Jeff Tarango

Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

Caroline Wozniacki
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"Whoever makes the least unforced errors is probably going to win this match. Serena tends to make more winners but Wozniacki with her counter-punching ability can hit winners in this match. It might surprise Serena how many."

Wozniacki breaks

Williams 2-1 Wozniacki*

Williams serving with aplomb, but perhaps needs to readjust her radar on the groundstrokes as she drills a backhand into the tramlines and allows Wozniacki back into the game at 30-30. Oh, scrap that, major readjustments required. A chance for Wozniacki! Break point! No need for a second invitation for the Dane. Williams screws a backhand into the tramlines and we're back on serve.

Jill Craybas

Former WTA Tour professional on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's been a tough emotional situation Caroline's been going through (following the breaking off of her engagement to Rory McIlroy) and I think she has used tennis as an outlet to stay focused on her career. It's always good to stay busy when you have had that bit of emotional turmoil in life."