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In The Neutral Zone:
After two weeks of Serena Williams’ free tennis in Indian Wells, the world was reminded this week where any debate in the women’s game about hard court superiority should begin.
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In capturing her sixth title in Miami and first since 2008, Williams accomplished everything she wanted to do this past week. She moved past shaky results in the Middle East and captured a title and tournament, she feels strongly attached to. I would suggest the success in Miami is just part of a different mindset Serena has when playing in North America.
She has now won an amazing 20 of her 48 WTA titles in the US or Canada. I have constantly read or heard Serena say how much she especially likes to win in places like Miami, Stanford or Toronto. They are cities she feels at home in and ones that help her best prepare for the different grand slams. The extra motivation to perform in these cities is evident in her track record and just underlines the point, when on, her superiority is unquestionable.
Serena simply plays better when on home soil (Image available ubitennis.com)
Doubt without Azarenka?
Some could argue that with Victoria Azarenka skipping the Sony Open with ankle problems that I couldn’t possibly make the assertion that question of hard court superiority should start with Serena. The fact that the Aussie Open champion won in Melbourne and Doha (over Serena) this year makes this win less impressive.
I would counter by saying that those watching the women’s final saw Serena challenged for more than a set by a Maria Sharapova, who was especially sharp and attacking with her forehand. In a rivalry that has never manifested (Serena has not lost to Maria since 2004); Sharapova was absolutely in charge of the match up a set and 3-2 in the second when Serena elevated her game. Or more appropriately, the next 10 games saw a sharper Serena and the familiar flaws in Sharapova’s game emerge. It was still striking to see Serena put away a player like Sharapova who was riding high after her win in Indian Wells.
Regardless, Serena withstood a mighty challenge in Miami and Azarenka or no Azarenka won her biggest title of the year going into Charleston and then the clay courts.
Highlights of the Tennis Weekend
Along with Serena, it was one of those ‘beware’ of Andy Murray weeks as he outlasted David Ferrer to win the Sony Open. With both players fighting heat and fatigue, Andy was able to finish strong and has supplanted Roger Federer as the world number 2.
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Tennis superstar Serena Williams was all smiles after an impressive Women’s Finals victory over Maria Sharapova at the 2013 Sony Open. Serena posed for a photo shoot on the beach with her trophy at hand, as she elects for a multicolored outfit, consisting of a floral-print fashion top, and yellow skirt. Great outfit for a beach day, don’t you think?
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Serena Williams made the transition from hard courts to clay with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi in her opening match Tuesday at the Family Circle Cup.
Williams looked sluggish at times and was broken in her second service game. But she soon figured out the clay and lost just two points on her serve the entire second set to win her 11th straight match in Charleston. Williams...
By Stephanie Neppl (April 1, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – Two-time champ and defending champion Serena Williams leads a stellar field for the 2013 Family Circle Cup in Charleston this week. Coming off a record sixth title in Miami, there’s no time for the world No. 1 to rest as she kick starts her clay [...]
Congratulations to Serena Williams on her sixth Sony Open win. Williams beat Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday. Serena celebrated the win with Adrienne Bosh and friends.
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Serena Williams poses with the Sony Open winner’s trophy at Crandon Park beach
By Jane Voigt
MIAMI, FL (March 30, 2013) — When the ultimate tennis history book opens, Serena Williams‘ name will pop out like bright shinny diamonds in the sky.
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Serena Williams of the USA poses at Crandon Park beach after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia after the Womens Final match of the Sony Open on Day 13 at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne. Serena has been eating her spinach for years, which is exactly why she’s strong to the finish.-TO
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By Kevin Ware (March 30, 2013) MIAMI – Serena Williams pulled off a comeback win for the ages on Saturday at the Sony Open. Down a set and a break against Maria Sharapova, Williams won the final 10 games to record a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory, and pick up her record sixth title in Miami. It [...]
For a set, Serena Williams was searching for the turbo charger that must be hidden under the hood of that white Rolls-Royce she parks outside the stadium. But when she found it, all Maria Sharapova's great work in this spellbinding final was blown to smithereens as Williams won the Sony Open for the sixth time with a memorable, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory Saturday.
Incredibly, a match...
Serena Williams has broken the Key Biscayne women's record for
most titles, and Maria Sharapova has set a new standard for
futility in finals.