Saturday, February 16, 2013

Serena Williams back at 'world No 1'

Serena Williams back at 'world No 1'

Serena Williams returned to the top of women’s tennis on Friday, overcoming a series of potentially career-ending injuries since 2010 to become the oldest woman to hold the No. 1 ranking. Williams, 31, grabbed the top spot by rallying from 4-1 down in the third set to beat the former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha.

Williams will replace Victoria Azarenka at No. 1 when the rankings come out next week.

“I never thought I would be here again,” Williams said. “Oh my gosh, I’ve been through so much. I never thought I would be here.”

Shortly after winning Wimbledon in 2010, Williams had two operations on her right foot after cutting the foot on broken glass. Later, she had blood clots in her lungs and needed to inject herself with a blood thinner. She had to go to the hospital when those shots led to a pool of blood under her skin.

Williams lost the top spot to Caroline Wozniacki in 2010 and tumbled down the rankings. But she made a comeback worthy of a No. 1 in 2012, winning Wimbledon, the Olympic gold medal, the United States Open and the season-ending W.T.A. championships. (AP)


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