Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Serena No. 1 for Third Time

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Serena No. 1 for Third Time

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The WTA said Serena Williams is guaranteed to finish the year with the No. 1 ranking for the third time in her career.

Williams, who also finished No. 1 in 2002 and 2009, has won nine titles this season, including the French Open and U.S. Open. She has a record of 67-4 this year.

Williams, 32, returned to the No. 1 spot in February, when she became the oldest player to top the rankings.

She is the seventh player to finish at least three seasons at No. 1, along with Steffi Graf (eight times), Martina Navratilova (seven), Chris Evert (five), Lindsay Davenport (four), Justine Henin (three) and Martina Hingis (three).

MORE TENNIS

Petra Kvitova rallied to defeat Venus Williams, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), and advance to the Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo.

Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 7-6 (5), in the other semifinal.

* Top-seeded Tomas Berdych and Gilles Simon of France will meet for the eighth time after both advanced to the semifinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok. Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Yen- hsun Lu of Taiwan, 7-6 (7), 6-4, to maintain his record of never losing before the semifinals in Thailand. Simon defeated Igor Sisjling of the Netherlands, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The NCAA turned down Southern California's request for possible relief from the sanctions that have been imposed on the football program since 2010. Athletic director Pat Hayden had said USC felt compelled to discuss the sanctions after the NCAA's recent decision to lessen the scholarship reductions that Penn State was hit with after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. But NCAA spokeswoman Meghan Durham released a statement Friday saying there is no comparison between the USC and Penn State cases. The NCAA sanctioned USC after it was found former star Reggie Bush received improper benefits. …

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