Serena Wins WTA Championships Title
To many tennis fans, there is little doubt that Serena Williams is the best female tennis player in the world. Due to injuries in the beginning of the season and an uncharacteristic first round loss at the French Open, she will not end 2012 as the world number one player. That honor will go to Victoria Azarenka, who has held the number one spot through most of this year.
Serena has had one of her best tennis seasons in her long and illustrious career and she proved her dominance once again by beating the number two player, Maria Sharapova at the WTA championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
ISTANBUL â€” After smacking her 40th and final winner of the match on a forehand service return on championship point, Serena Williams clenched her left fist, then punched the air with her right. She then skipped to the net as winner of the WTA Championships for the third time, having defeated Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-3, in the final Sunday.
This year, Serena won the Championshimps at Wimbledon, the gold medal in both singles and doubles at the Olympics in London, and the U.S. Open in New York. Her win in Istanbul however was still important to her.
“I wanted it so bad, but I didn’t want to say it,” Williams told reporters.
“For my own sanity I really wanted it, even though I didn’t need it. I really wanted to end on a good note.”
Sharapova played a very good tennis as she had throughout the tournament and Williams had to stay focused to take the win.
It was an entertaining and well-fought end to a tournament that has delighted the local fans with exquisite tennis throughout the week. With the victory, her seventh title of the years, an elated Serena capped one of the most successful seasons of her career, a remarkable feat given that illness and injury had almost forced her from the game entirely. Although Sharapova can take some solace from her improved performance, she, like the rest of the field, will be aware that there is simply no stopping Serena when she is motivated, healthy and focused. At 31, and in the best shape of her life, few would bet against Serena continuing to dominate in 2013 and beyond.
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Maria has also had a very strong year. She was the runner-up at the Australian Open, in Indian Wells, and at the Sony Ericcson tournament in Miami. She was the winner at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, at the Italian Open and at the French grand slam tournament at Roland Garros.
Second-ranked Sharapova, on the other hand, had a successful season as well, having won the French Open title. The Russian superstar had an otherwise great week, having beaten Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the top-ranked player, in the semifinal.
Watch highlights of Serena’s play in Istanbul