Tearful Serena Williams becomes oldest world number one

Williams, who has been suffering from a cold as well as a twisted ankle and a bad back, looked sluggish and uncertain against Kvitova but hung on for a dramatic victory.

updated: February 16, 2013 09:48 IST
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Doha: Serena Williams was in tears on Friday after snatching an historic victory at the Qatar Open which ensured that she would become the oldest woman to hold the WTA Tour's world number one ranking.

The 31-year-old American's 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals put her back on top of the world after an interval of two and a half years during which she sometimes thought she might never play again.

Williams had been 1-4 down in the final set of an outstanding match against the Czech, and her relieved smile, heavenward gesture and tears in her moment of triumph gave lie to her earlier statement that the number one position no longer mattered.

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