2008 US OPEN  


                   SERENA WILLIAMS   v     JELENA JANKOVIC                      

7-6, 7-6   

Displaying the talent and tenacity that helped her dominate tennis earlier in the decade,

Williams yesterday outlasted second seed Jelena Jankovic for her third US Open championship and ninth grand slam title.

The fourth-seeded Williams beat sister Venus in the quarterfinals and barreled through this tournament without losing a set.

This win did more than earn Serena her third silver trophy at Flushing Meadows _ it assured she will return to No. 1 in the rankings for the time since August 2003.

"I've been working so hard all year," Williams said afterwards. "It's all paying off. I felt like I've been working the hardest, I should win."

Jankovic displayed her brilliant defensive capabilities, running down shots from corner to corner.  Serena, showed off her power and competitive spirit

with her 120mph serves and forehands that she tried to drill Jankovic with at the net if Jelena dared to come to net.