Serena rules the tennis world

2010-06-03 09:43

Serena Williams will next week find herself top of the rankings in

both singles and doubles, joining an élite group of players to have achieved

such a feat.

Serena and her sister, Venus, clinched the top spot in doubles by

winning their French Open semifinal against Liezel Huber and Anabel Medina

Garrigues, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

That victory came hours after Serena was eliminated in the singles

quarterfinal by Australia’s Samantha Stosur.

Williams said: “To be No. 1 in singles and doubles simultaneously

is such a great moment, something that I wouldn’t have imagined. It took a lot

of hard work and was not easy for us to get to the top and I hope we can hold

onto this accomplishment for a long time.”

Serena will become the sixth woman to hold the No. 1 ranking in

singles and doubles simultaneously, and the first to do so since Kim Clijsters

in 2003.

The group also includes Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sanchez

Vicario, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport.

Navratilova, diagnosed this year with a non-invasive form of breast

cancer, teamed up with Jana Novotna in legends doubles yesterday to beat Mary

Joe Fernandez and Conchita Martinez, 6-1, 6-2.

The Williams sisters have never previously led the doubles

rankings.

Venus said: “It’s an achievement that I never thought would

happen.” To clinch No. 1 in singles and doubles is an honour and to be able to

achieve it in doubles with my sister is just wonderful.”

The sisters won their only French Open doubles title in 1999. They

are seeking their 12th Grand Slam doubles title together and fourth in a

row.

The match against Huber and Medina Garrigues featured plenty of

point-blank exchanges.

“They were going at us,” Serena said, “we had to defend ourselves

out there. Finally we got a little used to the pace and were able to play a

little bit better.”



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