Serena Cruises to US Open Final Against Jankovic

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 5, 2008 8:27 PM CDT
Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, hits back to Elena Dementieva, of Russia, during their semifinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.    (Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – Serena Williams tried to apologize after smacking Dinara Safina with a hard shot at the US Open semifinal today. She finally said sorry when both players were standing at the net, after the American wrapped up a 6-3, 6-2 victory—a decade after winning her first major title here. "I just am excited to obviously still be here," Williams said, "and, 10 years later, still putting up a major fight."

Now Williams can take aim at a third championship at Flushing Meadows and ninth Grand Slam title overall. Next up for Williams: Jelena Jankovic. "Overall, she's, I think, the strongest player on the tour, together with her sister," said the second-seeded Jankovic. "Nobody has the power that they have. We cannot compare." Jankovic eliminated Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva 6-4, 6-4.