Serena Williams Lifts Third US Open Trophy, Defeats Jankovic
Serena Williams captured her third US Open title and the first in six years on Sunday night in the rain-delayed final of the US Open, defeating Serbian Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5.
The younger Williams sister threw her racquet high in the air, jumped in the air and screamed several times before walking over to hug her father, sister and entourage after crushing a crosscourt winner on match point.
Jankovic was broken in the final game that included a double fault and a number of tight strokes by the Serb.
Williams missed almost the entire US Open Series spate of tournaments due to injury.
“I’ve been working so hard and playing so well, then I wasn’t playing well and I got injured,” Serena said.
With the win Williams returns to the No. 1 ranking.
“I wasn’t even going for No. 1 and it is an added bonus,” Serena said.
Murray Finishes Off Nadal, Federer Next at US Open
Britain’s Andy Murray shrugged off wasted break point chances and ran world No. 1 Rafael Nadal all over the court Sunday in a 6-2, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 semifinal upset at the US Open, a rain-interrupted continuation of play from Saturday.
Murray was 0-for-15 on break chances at one point, but in the fourth set ran the Spaniard from corner to corner and returned from an early break of serve.
“The momentum was kind of with him a little bit,” Murray said. “I just had to stay aggressive, stay focused.”
No British player has won a Slam in the Open Era, and pre-Open Era you have to go back to Fred Perry at the 1936 U.S. National Singles Championship.
Nadal, who has felt the fatigue from his gold medal run at the Beijing Olympics, lamented his chances.
“Yesterday I was not playing [well], so today I played a little bit more,” Nadal said. “So just accept, no? Today was a different match. I played with a little bit more energy. It was later. Before I don’t know where was the energy. Well, he played well, no? I have my chance in the fourth. I didn’t convert. He beat me. Just congratulate him.”
Now Murray will square off against Roger Federer at 5 p.m. on Monday. Murray has beaten Federer before, but knows a Slam final will be a whole new experience.
“I think a Slam final is different to the match that I played against him before,” Murray said. “He’s obviously won over 30 matches in a row here, so he’s obviously going to be feeling confident going in. He’s got loads of experience in these situations and it’s something new for me. I know I’m going to have to play great to have a chance of winning, but I’ve played well the last couple of weeks.”
Preview: BCR Open Romania
Bucharest, Romania, red clay
Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon lead the crew of players that just can’t get enough tennis after the US Open on the red clay at Bucharest, where Simon defends his title.
Also seeded are Spaniards Nicolas Almagro, Carlos Moya and Marcel Granollers, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, Latvian Ernests Gulbis, and Argentine Jose Acasuso.
Unseeded is Romania’s own Victor Hanescu, who last year finished runner-up. Other former champs in the field are Florent Serra (2005) and Acasuso (2004).
Preview: Commonwealth Bank Tennis Classic
Lindsay Davenport doesn’t return to defend her title, but 2007 runner-up Daniela Hantuchova returns to the resort paradise of Bali, joined by fellow Top 20 residents Patty Schnyder and Flavia Pennetta.
Other seeded players are Nadia Petrova, Francesca Schiavone, Na Li, Sara Errani and Aleksandra Wozniak.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
FEDERER DONE AT NO. 1?: Former No. 1 Mats Wilander says Roger Federer will never again top the ATP Rankings: “I do not believe Federer will be world No. 1 again,” the Swede told the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “That is due to the way the ATP Rankings are calculated, because you have to be powerful week after week. If Federer wants to be world No. 1 again, he will have to win lots of small tournaments and I don’t believe that interests him. What he is interested in doing is winning the grand slam tournaments and beating [Rafael] Nadal.”
THE ZEN OF NADAL: Rafael Nadal when asked if he was disappointed after losing to Andy Murray in the US Open semifinals: “Well, I accept the losses with the same calm when I win.”
MISC: The CBS and US Open website will be streaming the Monday men’s final for free…Rafael Nadal says he has not had an injury all season…Composer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. will sing “America The Beautiful” prior to the men’s singles final on Monday…Australia’s Alicia Molik has announced her retirement.
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