Sunday, 7 April 2013

Serena Williams defeats Jelena Jankovic, 3-6 6-0 6-2 in Charleston final

Serena Williams
Serena Williams claimed her third title of the season with a hard fought 3-6 6-0 6-2 victory over Jelena Jankovic in an entertaining final to wrap up the tournament in Charleston.  Jankovic played a sparkling first set, perhaps her best set of tennis since she reached the mighty heights of the womens game.  The turning point appeared to come in the first game of the second set when there was a minor altercation between the pair as regards to the time Jankovic was taking between serving points (see video below from 0:53).  Serena stepped up her game in a big way and very much like against Sharapova in the Miami final, found some of her best tennis to cruise through the second and third sets.

It was a very encouraging performance from JJ though; she managed to hit a good number of winners and served very well, particularly during the first set.  Jankovic's serve has improved so much over the last couple of years and I believe she would have won a Grand Slam a few years ago with her improved serve.  It was another great week for Serena, who should return to action in Madrid.  Overall, I thought it was an excellent week in Charleston and although I missed a lot of the action, I really enjoyed following the tournament :-)

The altercation

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