It doesn’t matter how important a tournament, a match or an opponent is, Serena Williams is like a tornado quickly destroying everything that comes her way. In today’s WTA Championships final against Maria Sharapova, the American steadily marched to her third title at the year-ending tournament, without facing either a break point or a deuce in her service games.
En route to the title match, Serena was perfect 3-0 in round-robin action, without even losing a set against world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Angelique Kerber, in the semifinals she also stormed to a straight-set win against Agnieszka Radwanska, only to continue the momentum in the last match of the tournament by routinely taking Sharapova’s serve in the fifth game of the first set and the first and ninth games of the second set for a 6-4 6-3 victory.
The second-ranked Sharapova was hanging in there and didn’t play bad, but Serena is simply on a pedestal now and the maximum one can do is not to melt away against her. A winner at the speed of 135 km/h and a service game won in just one minute and 21 seconds are just two indicators of Serena’s power.
Serena has now won 12 straight matches against world No.1s and No.2s and holds an impressive 58-4 win-loss record this season which includes titles in Charleston, Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, Olympic Games, US Open and now WTA Championships. Actually, Serena has never in her career played more matches in one season, with 62 she has now equalled her record from 2009. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)