Displaying an array of powerful shots and making her opponent to stay on the back foot all through long, Serena Williams won the 2008 U.S. Open defeating Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5. It was her third U.S. Open Championship and ninth overall.
“I enjoyed the journey because it wasn’t overnight,” she said. “It wasn’t like it just happened.”
This win is even more important for Serena as she regained the top ranking after almost five years. This is by far the longest gap for the No.1 and is obviously a very special moment for her.
Jelena hold the top spot for a week last month.
Serena beat her sister Venus in the quarters and she was present too in the guest box. Venus said:
“I’m so happy that you won. You deserved it. No one deserved it more than you, and that’s why you won.”
It would be worth noting that Serena won her first Slam title at Flusing Meadows only, almost a decade back in 1999 when the ambitious teenager beat Martina Hingis for the title.
In other news, Serena and Venus will be going to Nigeria in November this year. This will be their first joint trip to Africa. They will be playing an exhibition match and running a short clinic for the benefit of the people.
More photos and a video of Serena Williams are below.