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Serena Williams Wins US Open, Regains Top Ranking

By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Sunday, September 7, 2008 11:15pm CST USA
Serena Williams Wins Third US Open Title, Regains Top Ranking, US Open 2008 NEW YORK--( Serena Williams won her third US Open title Sunday night defeating Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 and returns to the world's number one ranking Monday.

The American Williams, seeded 4th, did not drop a set in the two weeks at New York despite facing 10 set points in a 7-6(8-6), 7-6(9-7) quarterfinal win versus her sister and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams

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“I'm so excited. I wasn't even going for number one. It's just an added bonus,” Williams said.

and also facing setpoints tonight.

In set one, Williams broke serve to reach 4-2 and broke serve once more to take the set 6-4.

Jankovic remained calm however during set two, often smiling and viewing herself on the overhead reply screen. She scored the first break of serve in set two to reach 4-3 by running down several of Williams' powerful groundstrokes and drawing errors in extended rallies.

After going 0 for 8 in breakpoints and falling behind 3-5, Williams lowered her error count to save four setpoints. A Williams stab backhand volley winner put her ahead on serve 6-5.

On her second matchpoint, Williams hit one final crosscourt backhand winner then jumped and screamed before hugging her father and coach Richard Williams courtside.

“Serena was a better player tonight,” Jankovic said courtside after the match. “She was just too good.” Jankovic then thanked the New York crowd calling them “the best crowd in the world.”

Jankovic had claimed the world's number one ranking for one week in early August, but it was Williams who reclaims the top spot by winning the singles title. Williams also won the title in 1999 and 2002.

“I'm so excited. I wasn't even going for number one. It's just an added bonus,” Williams said. “It's special because I've been working so hard.”

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