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But her unforced errors really started arriving in waves in the second set, then kept coming in the third, and Williams ended up with 45 in all, 17 more than Azarenka.

Deep in the match, with everything at stake and the finish so near, Williams was the one who was steadier.

No one should be surprised by that.

She is the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since 2002, when — yes, that’s right — Williams did it.

Now she will set her sights on raising her Grand Slam title total to 18, the number Navratilova and Evert each won, tied for fourth-most behind Margaret Court at 24.

“I haven’t thought about them until recently. I never thought I would even come close to breaking those records,” Williams said. “If I could win two a year, it would be great. We’ll see.”