Serena beat Jankovic on Sunday to win her third US Open title and claim the world No.1 ranking.

Serena’s on top of the world after third Open crown



Originally published on 26/02/10 11:13

After Andy Murray had turned mens tennis on its head with his four-set US Open semi-final win over Rafael Nadal, the womens final went the way most people expected it to as Serena Williams ultimately proved too strong for Jelena Jankovic at Flushing Meadows on Sunday night.

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The younger of the Williams sisters claimed her third womens singles trophy at the New York slam with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over the Serb second seed. She marched to victory without dropping a single set during the fortnight.

The title adds to Williams impressive list of major achievements. She now has one French Open, two Wimbledon, three Australian Open and three US Open titles to her name.

Her victory on Sunday comes after winning the US Open back in 1999 and 2002 and the ranking points earned WTA Tour singles list.

“I’m so excited,” the American said. “I wasn’t even going for number one and it’s just like an added bonus. It is that special because I’ve been working so hard.”

It was hard work for Serena, though, particularly in the second set as she recovered from 3-5, 0-40 and had to save a fourth set point in the next game as Jankovic served to level the match.

But Serena somehow came through that drama to keep her composure long enough to win the last four games of the match and finally kill off a gutsy display from Jankovic in her first final of a major.

Afterwards the Serb said she had to accept she was beaten by a better player.

“I was proud to be in the finals but I’m always disappointed when I lose,” said Jankovic.

“Serena was a better player tonight. Congratulations to her for winning the whole tournament. She was just too good tonight.

“I really had a lot of injuries and struggled throughout the year with my health. For me to be in the finals was a great achievement.”

Serenas route to the title

R1 beat Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) 6-1, 6-4
R2 beat Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-1, 6-1
R3 beat [30] Ai Sugiyama (Jpn) 6-2, 6-1
R4 beat Severine Bremond (Fra) 6-2, 6-2
QF beat [7] Venus Williams (US) 7-6, 7-6
SF beat [6] Dinara Safina (Rus) 6-3, 6-2
Final beat [2] Jelena Jankovic (Ser) 6-4, 7-5

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