Fifth seed Serena Williams was ruthless in the Family Circle Cup final against ninth seed Lucie Safarova, ousting the Czech 6-0 6-1 in 58 minutes to win her landmark 40th WTA title.
Williams was equally merciless against second-seeded Sam Stosur in yesterday’s semi, beating the Australian 6-1 6-1. Let me remind you, Williams’ last final prior to Charleston was the 2011 US Open, which she lost to Stosur 6-2 6-3.
Beware of Serena! Her performance at Charleston was awe-inspiring and she won the title whilst losing just 15 games all week. In addition, now she’ll move from No.10 to No.9 in the rankings, and in the upcoming weeks she doesn’t have points to defend until the grasscourt season, and nothing substantial to defend until the summer hardcourt season.
The Charleston title makes Serena only the third active played to win 40 or more WTA titles – Venus Williams has won 43 and Kim Clijsters 41. (photo: Neal Trousdale)