20 years on at Flushing Meadows: The story of Serena Williams' first Slam
It is 20 years since Serena Williams burst onto the world stage with victory at the US Open in 1999, aged just 17. It was the first of 23 Grand Slam singles titles. Here we go round by round through that run.
First round: Williams dropped just one game in the opening match, beating fellow American Kimberly Po-Messerli 6-1, 6-0. "The score was pretty surprising, I guess, because I had played her before and I lost," Williams said.
Second round: While Williams felt she was "erratic" against Croatia's Jelena Kostanic Tosic, she still won 6-4, 6-2. "I really didn't play so well today. I think I made way too many errors. I didn't get enough first serves in. I was pretty erratic."
Third round: Williams came from 3-5 down in the third set to defeat Belgium's Kim Clijsters 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. "I was thinking, 'This can't happen to me. Why me?' I was just really tired of having to go out early all the time. "
Fourth round: "I don't know what was going on. There were so many planes passing over," Williams said after her 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain's Conchita Martinez, which took her into a first Grand Slam quarter-final.
Quarter-final: For a third match in a row, Williams came from a set down. "In the third set, I was really focused. I really just came out with a better plan," Williams noted after a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Monica Seles. "I was nervous in the first set."
Semi-final: A "determined" Williams defeated fellow American Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. "I really just got determined. Lindsay was playing just unbelievably. She was hitting shots for winners, just attacking literally everything."
Final: Williams achieved her dream, beating Martina Hingis 6-3, 7-6 to land her first Grand Slam singles title. "This feels amazing," she said. "I mean, you totally prepare for this. I was always one to say: 'I want to win the US Open. I want it."