Beijing, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Serena Williams continued her amazing
2013 campaign with a straight-set win over Jelena Jankovic in the final of the
The top-seeded Williams won the first three games and the last five to post a
6-2, 6-2 rout of Jankovic for her 10th title of the year and the 56th of her
brilliant career. She moved into sole possession of seventh place on the
career titles list, breaking a tie with Virginia Wade and Lindsay Davenport.
Billie Jean King is next with 67.
Williams was playing for the first time since capturing her 17th Grand Slam
title at the U.S. Open and didn't lose a set in her six matches this week. She
won the Beijing crown for the second time, also prevailing back in 2004, and
improved to an astounding 73-4 for the year.
Jankovic, seeded eighth this week, was the 2008 Beijing winner and fell to 1-2
in finals this year. She lost to Williams in Charleston back in April after
winning the Bogota crown in February.
Williams cruised through the first set Sunday, but had a slight hiccup early
in the second when Jankovic broke for a 2-1 lead. Williams, who appeared to be
in some pain because of a sore back, quickly regrouped and didn't drop another
"Serena was just too good today, and big congratulations to her," said
Jankovic during the trophy ceremony.
Williams improved to 7-4 lifetime against Jankovic.
The Sports Network