Serena retains Family Circle Cup crown
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- It took a feisty exchange with Jelena Jankovic for Serena Williams to calm down. Then, settled and able to return to business, she was a winner once more.
Williams defeated Jankovic 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 Sunday for her second consecutive Family Circle Cup title. Momentum swung for good at the start of the second set, when Williams said Jankovic was serving too quickly, before she was ready.
Jankovic disagreed, but the bickering disrupted her concentration and her play. Williams won six straight games and 12 of the final 14.
"I don't know what the turning point was," Williams said. "I mean I think after that I just got really relaxed and I was like, 'Honestly, Serena, you've got to kind of chill out and not get crazy.'"
Instead, the world's No. 1 player displayed a brand of unstoppable tennis she's shown often, and especially at this event. She became the first women to capture three titles since the Family Circle moved from Hilton Head Island to Charleston in 2001.