Serena Williams Could Become First Over-30 U.S. Open Champ In 25 Years

Serena Williams is back with a vengeance in 2012. The U.S. Open final against Victoria Azarenka will likely add another trophy to her already more-than-impressive season.

The tennis great is enjoying a banner year at the age of 31, and she's already 5-0 in the five finals she's made this year in singles play. Given her recent run to win the 2012 Wimbledon title as well as a gold medal performance at the London Olympics, Williams is the overwhelming favorite to defeat Azarenka and continue her streak.

"She's not unbeatable. No one is unbeatable. Anyone can lose. But if she plays well, she's the best in the world," Sara Errani, the tournament's No. 10 seed said. "It's stressful against her. She puts a lot of pressure on you. You need to play quickly. You don't have even a tiny chance to control a point the way you would want to."

If she can win, Williams will become the first U.S. Open champion over the age of 30 in 25 years, since Martina Navratilova did it in 1987. The good news for Williams is that she's already red hot and she's also defeated Azarenka in three head-to-head match-ups this season. A fourth will further immortalize a woman who already stood above the rest.

Stay with this StoryStream for more U.S. Open coverage and head over to SB Nation's tennis hub for more news from the tournament. To keep up with the live scores, head over to the official website.

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