serena_williams.jpgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ Serena Williams returned to No. 1 in the world rankings for the third time in her career following her Australian Open win on Saturday, Jan. 31.


Williams' 6-0, 6-3 win over Dinara Safina gave her the top women's ranking.

The 27-year-old American said No. 1 wasn't foremost on her mind.

“I actually forgot until the end when I was saying 'Hi' to my (players') box,'' Williams said. “They said 'Hey, you're No. 1.' I was like, 'Oh, yeah.''

Safina's run to the final earned her the No. 2 spot. Jelena Jankovic dropped from No. 1 to No. 3, followed by Russians Elena Dementieva and Vera Zvonareva.

Serena's sister, Venus, is 6, followed by former U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Nadia Petrova of Russia round out the top 10, each having moved up one spot.

Pictured above is Serena Williams.