Video: Serena and Jankovic trade words
There's no love lost between the Williams sisters and Jelena Jankovic, as ESPN's commentators pointed out during Sunday's Family Circle Cup final. Serena Williams, a day after dusting off sister Venus in the semifinal round, took on Jankovic for the title, hers in 2012. She ultimately retained it, but not without drama. See here what happened in the first game of the second set:
Yes, Serena believed that Jankovic was quick-serving her, something the Serbian former No. 1 player is known to do, as mentioned twice earlier in the telecast. The American and current No. 1 pulled out her now-almost-vintage line—"I am not the one"—at the end of the terse exchange.
In the end, Serena had the final say with her racquet: She rattled off 12 of 14 games following the spat to take the title by a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 count. It was intriguing in light of the fact that Jankovic said before the final that it's important to not fear Serena's imposing nature. Down a set, Serena opted to show that dominant side of her personality, and Jankovic and her play ultimately shrank away while an impassioned, angry Serena followed up her words with real verve and bite on all of her shots.
What did you think of the dust-up between these two?
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