CHARLESTON, SC, USA - A day after a semifinal win she said was one of
the best matches of her career, Serena
Williams (Washington Kastles' star pictured to the left) brought that same form out again for the final of the Family
Circle Cup, steamrolling Lucie
Safarova in 58 minutes, 60 61, to cross another milestone - the 40th WTA
title of her illustrious career.
On Saturday, the No.5-seeded Williams defeated a
No.2-seeded Sam Stosur
in just 58 minutes, 61 61, putting together an almost unheard of +14
differential against one of the best clay court players in the world (29
winners to 15 errors).
Williams did even better against No.9 seed Lucie
Safarova in the final, winning the first nine games of the match to build a
60 30 lead; Safarova held at love to get on the board, but Williams won another
three games to close it out, 60 61.
The match time of the final was the same as her
semifinal, 58 minutes, but her differential was an even better +19 (27 winners
to just eight errors).
Williams lost just 15 games all week - the fewest
en route to a WTA title this year. But the biggest stat might be winning that
40th WTA title, just the third active player to get to 40 (Venus
Williams has 43, Kim Clijsters
It was only Williams' fourth WTA clay court title,
but they've all been big ones - Rome and Roland
Garros in 2002, and right here in Charleston in 2008.
Safarova still had a stellar week, reaching her
third Premier final (she was also a finalist at Paris [Indoors] in 2007 and
2010) and recording some meaningful wins the last two rounds, over Vera
Zvonareva in the quarterfinals (her 14th Top 10 win) and Polona
Hercog in the semifinals (her first career double bagel).
Photo: Camerawork USA