Serena Williams wins third Charleston title

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2013, 16:14 PM IST

Charleston (South Carolina): World No.1 Serena Williams has won her third Family Circle Cup title in Charleston after battling back from a set down to defeat Jelena Jankovic in the final.

The American took the title Sunday on a tense tiebreak in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) victory that puts her on 49 WTA titles, one short of a mark reached by just nine players in history.

"I felt so close in that first set. I felt like I could have been up 3-0," Williams said on the WTA website.

"After that I just got really relaxed and was like, `Serena, you have to chill out and not get crazy and if you win, great. If not, you`re trying. She`s playing really well. Just try and do the best you can`."

Jankovic rued some games in the second set where she let Williams back into the fight while holding a commanding lead.

"In the second set I had 40-15 in that first game and then again in another couple of games I had 40-15, 40-0. I should have focused and won those games," the Serbian said.

"Of course, she`s going to go up and feel much better and she`s again in control. That was unfortunate for me."

The win was Williams` sixth in 10 meetings with former world No.1 Jankovic, who is on a strong run in recent weeks that has included a title win in Bogota.