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Serena romps to Madrid title

2012-05-13 15:06

Madrid - Serena Williams overpowered the top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to win the Madrid Open on Sunday.

In a clash of two of the tour's heaviest hitters, Williams battered Azarenka around the new blue clay court with her big serve and vicious return to take the first four games and never looked back.

Williams served 14 aces on her way to avenging her only loss in six previous meetings with Azarenka when she fell to the Belarusian in the 2009 final in Miami.

It was the 30-year-old Williams's 41st title and second of the season as she remained unbeaten in her last 13 matches on clay.

"I can still do better," Williams said when asked if she had found her best form following her return from a year-long absence due to illness in 2011.

"This is really good. I have been working hard. I had some tough battles and really unfortunate circumstances so I really love this."

Later, Roger Federer faces Tomas Berdych as the Swiss star seeks his third Madrid title in the men's final.

Williams broke Azarenka's first service game when the Australian Open winner could only stab her powerful return into the stands.

William's strong start left Azarenka shaken, and she hit three double faults to cede her serve again and trail 3-0.

The flustered Azarenka netted a forehand after Williams had fallen on the slick surface and left the entire court open. She then produced another double fault to cap a disastrous first set.

Williams kept the momentum going, hitting her fifth and sixth aces to hold for love at the start of the second set.

As her frustration boiled over, Azarenka smashed her racket into the ground moments before Williams blasted a return by her to break her yet again.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner sealed the victory in one hour, four minutes with her final ace.

"I want to congratulate Serena for a great week. She did a great job," Azarenka said.

AP

Comments
  • Prosper - 2012-05-13 15:36

    Serena is the best there is and the best there ever was.

      Pagel - 2012-05-13 18:22

      I second that.

  • James - 2012-05-13 17:22

    Her Bloodclots {Heamatoma's] problems are caused by Anabolic Steroids. Confirmed this with 2 MD's.

      SaleƩ - 2012-05-13 18:22

      I have always had faith in our doctors. But I cannot help feeling like I have underestimated their capabilities, seeing as at least two of our general practitioners can tell with absolute certainty what is wrong with a sports star, without even so much as checking the star's pulse. Never mind a consultation. To think that said star has fooled obligatory assessment officials and specialists for years! And we expose her through a telepathic assessment of some sort. Whoa! We sure are the greatest! I have always said that Africa is the mother of medicine and science. Here's the living proof. Two MDs from Benoni! Step aside everyone! Here come our doctors!

      Pagel - 2012-05-13 18:23

      And they know this for a fact without having seen her - if you have proof, submit to the ITF - I am sure they will be appreciative and will take it further. If it was clear-cut she wouldn't be on the court.

      Pagel - 2012-05-13 18:24

      @Salee: You said I better than I could :-).

      Prosper - 2012-05-13 22:47

      LOL James.

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