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Serena regains top spot, sets up Sharapova clash

Published on Feb 16, 2013 6:09 AM
 
Serena Williams of the US reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's quarter-final match at the Qatar Open tennis tournament in Doha on Feb 15, 2013. Williams showed tennis was not just the domain of teenagers as she climbed back to the top of the world rankings on Friday, becoming the oldest female to hold the coveted position at the age of 31.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DOHA (REUTERS) - Serena Williams showed tennis was not just the domain of teenagers as she climbed back to the top of the world rankings on Friday, becoming the oldest female to hold the coveted position at the age of 31.

The American is world number one for the sixth time in her storied career after finishing off former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6 6-3 7-5 with a thumping ace in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open.

Number two seed Williams will meet third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who had also been in hot pursuit of the number one ranking this week, in a lip-smacking semi-final.

"I'm so sensitive nowadays, I'm always crying! I've just been through so much and never thought I'd be here again," Williams, who recovered from 4-1 down in the third set, told the crowd as she fought back tears.

 
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