Madrid - Serena Williams retained her Madrid Open title on Sunday with a devastating
display to beat world No 2 Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4.
The title is Williams' 50th of her singles career and extends her amazing
run over Sharapova who she now hasn't lost to in 12 meetings stretching back to
"Thank you to everyone, to all my fans and to Maria. I am very
happy," Williams said afterwards.
Sharapova though was left to reflect on once again coming up short against
the world No 1.
"Thank you to everyone for being so supportive in every single match.
"It was quite special and I wish I could have went an extra round but
there are many more years for me.
"Congratulations to Serena for an excellent match and her excellent
week as well."
Williams, who would have lost her place at the top of the rankings had she
lost to the Russian, was dominant from the off as she pounced on the Sharapova
serve at every opportunity to roar into a 4-0 lead.
Sharapova did eventually get on the board in the fifth game, but there was
little she could do to save the set as another crunching backhand return sealed
it for the American 6-1.
Sharapova did manage to react at the start of the second as she broke in the
first game and backed it up with two solid service games of her own to lead
However, again Williams upped the power and depth on her groundstrokes,
forcing Sharapova onto the back foot, and she broke back comfortably to level
Both players then staved off a break point in their next service games
before Williams moved to with a game of victory with a comfortable hold.
And once again the Sharapova serve crumbled under the pressure as a double
fault brought up three match points and Williams converted on the first as
Sharapova fired long to seal victory in just over an hour and a quarter.