Kim Sears, the girlfriend of the now US Open champion Andy Murray, was finally able to celebrate in a Grand Slam final, at the fifth time of asking, after her boyfriends triumphed in a five-set thriller of Novak Djokovic.
Sears, an English graduate who lives with Murray in his £6m home, has followed him across the world since his early professional days in 2006 and was courtside on Monday night to see Murray win his first ever major title.
She, like the thousands in the stadium and the millions watching on television, went through a range of emotions as Murray won the first two sets of the more before conceding sets three and four.
Murray came through in the fifth, ending a 79-year drought as he became the first British man to win a major title since Fred Perry.
Afterwards, Sears was able to celebrate with Murray and the trophy at Flushing Meadows, ending six years of hurt.
Since first appearing on the scene in 2006, long-suffering Kim has had to sit through a US Open loss to Roger Federer, two crushing Australian Open defeats to Djokovic and Federer and this year's Wimbledon epic against Federer before she could celebrate a Grand Slam victory with Murray.Suggest a correction