Serena Williams d Ana Ivanovic 6-3
Venus Williams d Jelena Jankovic 6-4
Serena Williams d Venus Williams 6-4 6-3
Following the success of the 2008 event, women’s tennis returned to Madison Square Garden with Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams, as they competed for the Billie Jean King Cup.
The format of the 2009 event was a single elimination tournament with four players competing in a one set semifinal, with the winners advancing to a best-of-three set final. Serena Williams defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-3 in the first semifinal 6-3. Her sister, Venus, beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4 in the other semifinal.
In between the semifinals and final a tribute was paid to tennis legend and pioneer Billie Jean King. Former president Bill Clinton took the stage as he gave a speech about King’s success in and out of the tennis world. The tribute also had appearances by figure skaters Sarah Hughes and Nancy Kerrigan, race car driver Janet Guthrie, King’s long time double’s partner Rosie Casals and other prominent women in sports.
Following the tribute to Billie Jean, Venus and Serena Williams headed back out onto the court to take on one another for the Billie Jean King Cup. In this sister showdown Serena prevailed with a 6-4, 6-3 win over her older sister and another successful year in Madison Square Garden was in the books.
The Showdown was also made a focal piece of Tennis Night in America, established in 2009, along with the United States Tennis Association's nationwide Youth Registration Night. Tennis Night in America was able to deliver the 2009 Showdown via closed circuit TV to tennis clubs throughout the country, allowing tennis players of all ages and abilities to celebrate the game they love so much on one night in March. The two events coincide each year to kick off the tennis season in the USA by promoting professional and grassroots tennis alike.