St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Serena Williams has clinched the year-
end No. 1 ranking for the third time in her brilliant career, according to the
Williams, who turned 32 on Thursday, is a sizzling 67-4 this year with a
career-high nine titles and record $9.1 million in prize money. She captured
her first French Open title in 11 years and successfully defended her crown at
the U.S. Open earlier this month.
The formidable Williams built a 34-match winning streak before losing to
German Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round of Wimbledon in July.
In February, Williams recaptured the No. 1 ranking for the first time since
2009 and became the oldest woman to hold that spot since the computer rankings
began in 1975.
Williams will be receive the year-end No. 1 trophy during the season-ending
WTA Championships in Istanbul next month. She also finished the year at No. 1
in 2002 and 2009. The 17-time Grand Slam champ is the seventh player to claim
the honor at least three times, joining Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova,
Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Martina Hingis.
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