Serena wins U.S. Open

YORK (AP) - All these years later, Serena Williams is back

as the U.S. Open champion, and she's back at No. 1, too.

Displaying the talent and tenacity that helped her dominate

tennis earlier in the decade, Williams outlasted second-seeded

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5 Sunday night for her third U.S.

Open championship and ninth Grand Slam title overall.

It was Williams' first triumph at Flushing Meadows since 2002,

and it guaranteed that the American will lead the rankings Monday

for the first time since August 2003 - the longest gap between

stints at No. 1 for a woman.