Sep 8, 2008

Serena Williams Wins US Open and Returns to No. 1

Fireworks go off before the women's singles finals between Serena Williams
and Jelena Jankovic.

Singer Anita Baker performs before the women's singles finals.

Serena Williams outlasted Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 in the women's singles final at the U.S Open today.

And there was this “added bonus,” as Williams termed it: She returns to the top of the rankings.

After winning the match point, Serena flung her racket straight up and jumped for joy, hopping and skipping and screaming and generally looking like someone who had just won her first U.S. Open title or earned her debut at No. 1 in the rankings.

As the women met at the net afterward, Williams felt compelled to say to Jankovic, “I’m sorry I got so excited.”

No apology necessary.
“Serena was a better player tonight,” Jankovic said. “She was just too good tonight.”
It was Williams’ first triumph at Flushing Meadows since 2002, and it guaranteed that the American will lead the rankings Monday for the first time since August 2003—the longest gap between stints at No. 1 for a woman.

Her previous Grand Slam title came in January 2007, at the Australian Open.

Serena's boyfriend and rapper Common and Sir Richard Branson

Actors Brendan Cowell, Rose Byrne and Glenn Close

Supermodel Naomi Campbell

Singer Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol Thomas

Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend did not win the U.S Open.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

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