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  • Williams wins second straight Family Circle Cup

  • CHARLESTON, S.C. — It took a feisty exchange with Jelena Jankovic for Serena Williams to calm down. Then, settled and able to return to business, she was a winner once more.
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  • CHARLESTON, S.C. — It took a feisty exchange with Jelena Jankovic for Serena Williams to calm down. Then, settled and able to return to business, she was a winner once more.
    Williams defeated Jankovic 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 Sunday for her second consecutive Family Circle Cup title. Momentum swung for good at the start of the second set, when Williams said Jankovic was serving too quickly, before she was ready.
    Jankovic disagreed, but the bickering disrupted her concentration and her play. Williams won six straight games and 12 of the final 14.
    "I don't know what the turning point was," Williams said. "I mean I think after that I just got really relaxed and I was like, 'Honestly, Serena, you've got to kind of chill out and not get crazy.'"
    Instead, the world's No. 1 player displayed a brand of unstoppable tennis she's shown often, and especially at this event. She became the first women to capture three titles since the Family Circle moved from Hilton Head Island to Charleston in 2001.
    "Definitely a really cool accomplishment, really cool, especially at this particular tournament that has been around for so long," she said.
    It looked for a while that Jankovic was on her way to accomplishing what no one had done in a complete match since Justine Henin in the 2003 finals — Williams withdrew twice because of injury in that span — and defeat Williams on the Family Circle's green clay.
    Davis Cup
    At Boise, Idaho, Novak Djokovic wasn't optimistic about his right ankle injury after lifting Serbia to an insurmountable 3-1 lead over the U.S. with a 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-0 win over Sam Querrey in a Davis Cup quarterfinal.
    The world No. 1 twisted the ankle while hitting a forehand at 1-1, 30-40 on Querrey's serve in the third game of the match at the Taco Bell Arena.
    He continued playing and about an hour after the match he said the injury "doesn't look good."
    He says the ankle is "swollen and when it's swollen it's definitely not a good first sign." He questioned whether he'd be ready to play in the Monte-Carlo Masters, which he considers his home event, when it starts April 14.
    Djokovic plans to travel home to Monte Carlo to have an MRI.
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