Jankovic’s fourth round exit at the Australian Open gave three players an opportunity to take the World No. 1 ranking – Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina and Serena Williams. By defeating Dinara Safina in the final with the score of 6-0 6-3, Serena secures the title of the World No. 1, followed by World No. 2 Dinara Safina (RUS), World No. 3 Jelena Jankovic (SRB), World No. 4 Elena Dementieva (RUS) and World No. 5 Vera Zvonareva (RUS), according to the February 2, 2009 new rankings.
“The 2009 Australian Open will definitely be one of the most memorable tournaments in my career. I am thrilled with winning this title and the news of becoming Sony Ericsson WTA Tour World No.1 is an added bonus,” said Serena Williams. “Serena has proven that she is a champion time and time again. She is one of the great players in the history of our sport and winning the Australian Open and regaining the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour No. 1 ranking seven years after her first World No.1 title take Serena’s career milestones to a whole new level,” said Larry Scott, CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
“We’re thrilled to see Serena recapture the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour World No. 1 ranking,” said Aldo Liguori, Corporate Vice President and Head of Global Communications & PR at Sony Ericsson. “We congratulate Serena on her amazing Australian Open and applaud her for being such a great champion and ambassador for women’s tennis.”