Serena Will Be Oldest Top-Ranked Player
31-year-old sets mark for women
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2013 3:45 PM CST
Serena Williams reacts after winning against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in their WTA Qatar Ladies Open tennis quarterfinal match in Doha, Qatar, Friday.   (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

(Newser) – Serena Williams managed to make some history today by winning a quarterfinals match at a tournament in Qatar. The victory means that when the new rankings come out next week, the 31-year-old will be the oldest woman to hold the No. 1 spot, reports AP. Chris Evert got there at age 30 in 1985. It's a remarkable feat for a player who suffered so many injuries in 2010 that many thought her career was finished, notes Bleacher Report.

"I never thought I would be here again," said Williams. "Oh my gosh, I've been through so much. I never thought I would be here. Thank you Jehovah for giving me another chance."

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abetterworld
Feb 16, 2013 5:21 PM CST
I don't like Serena Williams but I'm sure she wouldn't care if she knew that. I don't care for her self centered attitude. She seems so much more intelligent then the self absorbed self obsessed person she comes off as. Perhaps in time she will shed that persona in my eyes. I wish the best for her... and everyone else for that matter.
right2dave
Feb 16, 2013 5:13 AM CST
When was the last time he/she took a DNA test?
Mr.Crowley
Feb 15, 2013 9:36 PM CST
Man he is really getting up there in age.