The Serena Williams who won the US Open on Sunday didn't flinch at any foot-fault calls.
She looked very different from the player who took the court at Flushing Meadows in past years, yet exactly the same. And that is how Williams is dominating tennis as she nears her 32nd birthday.
She has figured out how to play passionately and placidly all at the same time.
''Even yesterday, I was still complaining. You could see that I'm throwing my hands everywhere,'' Williams said Monday. ''That's just me. I'm never going to be able to change it. I just have to learn how to hold that in a little bit -- but still be myself.''
She unraveled in the second set, lost the first two points of the third, then mastered that tricky balancing act the rest of the way. The top-ranked American beat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 for her fifth US Open title and 17th Grand Slam championship.
Williams assumes that wobbly second set -- when she twice failed to serve out the match -- came from ...