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Serena Williams Beats Sharapova To Win Madrid Open

posted 12 May 2013, 11:47 by Mpelembe   [ updated 12 May 2013, 11:48 ]

Serena Williams brushes aside Maria Sharapova to win Madrid Open tournament.

MADRIDSPAIN (MAY 12, 2013) (WTA TOUR) -  World number one and top seed Serena Williams gained the 50th title of her 18-year career when she resoundingly beat Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-4 to defend her Madrid Open crown on Sunday (May 12).

Williams' victory, her fourth tournament success of 2013 and only the seventh on clay since she turned pro in 1995, prevented Sharapova from leapfrogging her to the top of the rankings.

The Russian world number two, struggled to find her range on the sun-drenched Manolo Santana show court as the 31-year-old Williams raced through the first set.

Sharapova, 26, mounted a fightback at the start of the second but could not sustain it and Williams broke her for a fifth time in the match to secure a first title on red clay - the Madrid courts were blue last year - since the 2002 French Open.

The Russian doublefaulted to set up championship point for Williams and then lost the match when her return was long.

Sharapova, who won the title at Roland Garros last year, has a woeful record against Williams. She has only beaten her twice in 15 attempts, and never on clay, with both victories coming almost a decade ago.

Result from the Madrid Open Women's Singles Final on Sunday

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat 2-Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-1 6-4