Serena Williams simply can't stop the consolidation of her WTA dominance. So far at the season-ending Championships in Istanbul she's been by far the best player, the only one with three victories, although Maria Sharapova may catch up with her in that department, but definitely the only one with three straight-set victories. Serena's first victim was Angelique Kerber, then Li Na, and today world No.1 Victoria Azarenka. When racquet smashing to the court was not enough to alleviate Azarenka's frustration, the Belarusian resorted to slamming the racquet against her head, Mikhail Yuzhny-style, but she couldn't run from the inevitable and not face the superiority of Serena 6-4 6-4.
Serena has now won 46 of her last 48 matches, 6 straight against Top 5 players, 11 straight against Top 2 players and six straight against No.1s! Scary!
In today's clash, Serena was perfect on break point conversions (five of five) until the tenth game of the second set when she earned a triple break and match point, producing an error on the first, but using the second with Azarenka double faulting. And it was not the first time that Azarenka dropped her serve with a double fault in this match! Moreover, Azarenka did have a 3-0 lead in the second set, but it was so short-lived that the overall feel of the match is that Serena was in complete control.
Azarenka has one more round-robin match left, against Li Na (who defeated Angelique Kerber today), and whoever wins it will be the Red Group semifinalist alongside Serena Williams. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)