Williams: Title reward for hard work
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:00
The fourth-seeded American, who did not drop a set in the tournament, persevered through a tough second set to secure her first Flushing Meadows crown in six years with a 6-4 7-5 victory over second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic.
“I’ve been working so hard all year,” Williams said afterwards. “It’s all paying off. I felt like I’ve been working the hardest, I should win.”
The 26-year-old won the first set at a canter, putting the pressure on Jankovic with booming groundstrokes.
Jankovic, playing in her first final, took a while to get in the groove.
“Serena was a little bit better on the important points,” Jankovic admitted. “I had my chances in the first set, and the second set as well, and I just (had) some unlucky points.
“I should have won them, but I didn’t. I let my opportunities slip away.
“But overall, I was happy that I made it to the final, especially (because) I struggled a lot this year.
“I had a lot of injuries and all these problems, and I really worked hard to be here on this stage.”