Tennis: Serena Williams Beats Ana Ivanovic to Claim First Career Western & Southern Open Title

Updated: August 17, 2014
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Serena Williams defeated Ana Ivanovic in dominating fashion Sunday afternoon 6-4, 6-1 in the Western & Southern Open. The match only lasted 62 minutes and Serena was focused from the start. Previously, Williams never reached the Finals in Cincinnati until last year, in which she lost to Victoria Azarenka in a three-set tiebreaker.

In the match versus Ivanovic on Sunday, Williams had 12 aces — which is simply amazing. Williams is now 7-1 in her entire career against Ivanovic. The only loss she incurred against Ivanovic was at the Australian Open earlier this year. In her last three matches Williams struggled significantly, with them all going three sets, but she obviously still came out with the win. This dominating victory shows that she had something to prove, and it was to prove she is still the best.

In her semi-final match-up against Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday, Williams claimed to have a stiff back, which limited her serving ability. Early in the first set Sunday afternoon she still looked a little stiff. After a double-fault early, she became more comfortable and eventually earned the victory.

In the second set, Williams served and after winced in pain, but Ivanovic wasn’t able to capitalize and was defeated in two sets. Despite the loss, Ivanovic will move back into the top 10 in the WTA rankings since she performed so well in Cincinnati. With this victory, Williams once again proves why she is the best woman’s tennis player in the world. She is too strong for anyone in the game and this may lead to another victory in the next tournament.


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