(October 6, 2013) BEIJING – World No. 1 Serena Williams took home her 10th tennis title of the year and 56th for her career on Sunday when she captured the China Open. The American defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-2 to improve her record for 2013 to 73-4.
Williams become the first WTA player since Justine Henin back in 2007 to win 10 tournaments in a season.
“I’m really excited – I didn’t think I’d win this tournament starting out, so I’m really happy to be here holding the trophy,” said Williams. Congratulations to Jelena for such a great tournament as well.”
This is Williams’ second time winning the Beijing tournament, she also won it in 2004. Williams stands alone I seventh place for the most singles titles won by a WTA player in the Open Era at 56 titles and counting.
“I had a great week playing in this beautiful venue,” Jankovic said. “I always enjoy coming back here to the China Open – it’s a pleasure for me to play in front of you all in the finals again. Serena was just too good today, and big congratulations to her.”
Jankovic is projected to move back into the top ten at No. 8 when Monday’s rankings come out. Her performance this week makes her the 15th player in WTA history to pass $15 million in career prize money.