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Serena dominates Sharapova to win Madrid Open

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In a rematch of the 2013 Miami Masters final, the top two women in the world faced off against each other for the crown of Madrid champion. There was a lot more than just a title at stake as Maria Sharapova faced off against top seed and defending champion Serena Williams with the world no.1 ranking up for grabs.

With the no. 2 seed managing to get her ‘first set’ off the American in all almost 5 years at the Sony Open, things were looking up and perhaps, there was a sense that Sharapova could reverse a very lopsided 2-12 head to head record against the legendary American. Since her devastating shoulder injury the world no.2 has returned as a very competent clay court player and had her best chance to beat Serena on the red clay of Madrid, a surface on which she boasted of a 25 match winning streak, running back to last year’s French Open.

Furthermore, Serena had been bageled by Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarters and the Russian could have picked up some pointers from that performance.

In the end, all those stats proved to be just that. Just like Rafael Nadal plays his best tennis against Roger Federer, the American produces a sublime quality of tennis when Sharapova came up against her on the other side of the net.

The world no.1  came to court firing on all cylinders and dominated Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 for the victory in 78 minutes, defending her trophy and the world no. 1 position and getting her 50th career title, as a result.

The 15 time Major winner got the advantage right from the get go as she worked her 26 year old opponent to both sides of the court to hit winners into the open court, time and again.

The 2nd seed’s serve was abysmal right through the match as she was only able to win 52% of first serve points and 36% on her second serve. To make matters worse, Sharapova sent down 8 double faults in the match, 5 of which came in her first three service games in the opening set.

This compounded with Serena aggressive stroke making saw the Russia being breadsticked in the opening set as Serena got the advantage and a stranglehold on the 2013 final.

The 4 time Slam champion, Sharapova launched a fight back in the early stages of the 2nd set as she clawed her way to a 3-1 lead getting a break. However, the Russian let the momentum slip a game later with another double fault as Serena won 5 of the next 6 games to win the set 6-4 to get her 30th victory of the year for her 4th title of 2013.

"I'm very happy, many thanks," Williams told the Madrid crowd in Spanish as she was hoisted aloft by the ball boys to celebrate the win.

WTA Singles : Women’s Final

(1)Serena Williams(USA) d.(2) Maria Sharapova(RUS) 6-1, 6-4