Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open, Retaking No. 1
By KAREN CROUSE
No world No. 1 in women’s tennis has slogged through so desolate a valley between peaks than Serena Williams. After relinquishing the top spot in August 2003, Williams fell so far that she wasn’t within echoing distance of the summit two years ago.
Outside the top 125 at this time in 2006, Williams completed her climb back to No. 1 Sunday night with a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Jelena Jankovic to claim her third United States Open title.
The 23-year-old Jankovic, who was appearing in her first final in her 21st Grand Slam event, fought gamely to the end, extending points with her dogged defense. Her nerves, which were indiscernible at the start, surfaced in the 20th game, serving at 5-4, when she squandered four set points.
“I gave her a lot of gifts when it was crucial,” Jankovic said, adding: “I had a lot of chances, so many set points, so many things to win that second set and go into a third. I let my opportunities go away.”
After breaking her with a forehand passing shot, Williams won 10 of the final 16 points to secure her ninth major singles championship. Williams converted her second match point with a backhand that fell as softly as a tissue, then she dropped her racket and hopped up and down. When at last she made it to the net, she apologized to Jankovic for getting so excited.
I really enjoyed this womens final last night. One of the best womens tennis matches I’ve seen. Serena didn’t have it easy either. Jelena played very well against Serena but Serena came through. I was so proud of Serena and I jumped up from my sofa after she threw her racket and jumped up and down. Talk about being excited. This is Serena’s third US Open title. Congrats to Serena and Jelena for a well fought match!!
Speaking of the US Open Tennis, my man Rafael Nadal lost to Andy Murray yesterday 6-2, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4. Their match was played for two days due to rain delays. Andy Murray will meet Roger Federer in the Mens Final today at 5:00pm EST. The final will be shown on CBS.