Serena Williams’ American swing came to an end with yet another victory – first Indian Wells, then the Miami Open and now Charleston where she again lifted the trophy after overcoming Jelena Jankovic in three sets. This is the third time she has won this tournament, having done so in 2008 and 2012 – and this victory marks her 49th WTA career title.
In a surprise first set that lasted 49 minutes, it was Jankovic who was the more precise player, serving well and taking all her chances to close it out 6-3. Williams went up 3-0 in the second set before she had an altercation with the chair umpire, accusing Jankovic of serving before she was ready, but this spat seemed to fire her up even more and she did not allow the Serb a game – although she did have chances a few times, at 40-0 and twice at 40-15 – taking the set to love. With the match well under her control, Williams took the decider 6-2 as the Serb visibly tired under the unwavering pressure of Williams’ pinpoint ground strokes and great serving.
The doubles title went to the unseeded pairing of Lucie Safarova and Kristina Mladenovic, who beat the top seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Liesl Huber 5-3 7-6, taking the breaker 8-6.