Serena Williams leapt over all pretenders this fortnight earning her ninth major championship, tying the beloved Monica Seles, and the keys to the WTA Penthouse when she defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5 in a thrilling final for her third US Open title. The new top lady baller also blew through the draw without dropping a set - nice.
ReRe was down a break in each set and faced sets points in the second. But as she did against sister Venus in their dynamic quarterfinal duel, the 26-year old refused to budge and sealed the deal with a angled backhand crosscourt winner on match point.
ReRe knew her time would come after preparing all season for this moment:
I've been working so hard all year. Sometimes I wake up at 6am to go and practice and it's too dark, and I wait until it gets light. No one really, really knows the work an athlete puts in. But it's all worth it. It's all paying off. I'd feel like gosh, I've been working the hardest, so I should win.
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