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Champion Serena getting started again

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The triumph gave Williams a ninth Grand Slam title and first US crown since 2002. It also propelled her to the world number one ranking for the first time in five years.

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  • The powerful Williams said a rededication to fitness and getting into top tennis shape had put her back on the road to success after years in which injuries and off-court interests combined to hold her tennis game back.

    "I've been working so hard all year. Sometimes I wake up at like six in the morning to go practise and it was too dark, I would have to wait until it gets light," she told reporters. "It's just paying off.

    "No one really, really knows the work that an athlete puts in. You know, it's worth it. Then I felt like, 'Gosh, I've been working the hardest. I should win'."

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