Serena Williams seals Charleston title


Fifth seed Serena Williams was ruthless in the Family Circle Cup final against ninth seed Lucie Safarova, ousting the Czech 6-0 6-1 in 58 minutes to win her landmark 40th WTA title.

Williams was equally merciless against second-seeded Sam Stosur in yesterday’s semi, beating the Australian 6-1 6-1. Let me remind you, Williams’ last final prior to Charleston was the 2011 US Open, which she lost to Stosur 6-2 6-3.

Beware of Serena! Her performance at Charleston was awe-inspiring and she won the title whilst losing just 15 games all week. In addition, now she’ll move from No.10 to No.9 in the rankings, and in the upcoming weeks she doesn’t have points to defend until the grasscourt season, and nothing substantial to defend until the summer hardcourt season.

The Charleston title makes Serena only the third active played to win 40 or more WTA titles – Venus Williams has won 43 and Kim Clijsters 41. (photo: Neal Trousdale)


  1. Serena Williams wins a minor tournament that all the star players skipped. She won by beating a very tired Sam Stosur who was forced to play 2 matches the day before. Stosur has not played up to her 2011 season so far in 2012. Serena’s best opponent, Sabine Lisicki, retired with an injury. ho-hum

  2. A great week for Serena but I bet alot of people will jump on the Serena bandwagon now… I will wait to see how she gets on in Madrid and Rome with all the top players returning before I jump on too!

  3. John, nevertheless, it’s eye-catching how Serena played only a handful of matches this year and still won a tournament without dropping a set. Not to mention that in her last two matches she lost only three games. Actually, in the entire tournament she won only one set by losing four games.

  4. @JohnnyB Typical and stupid Sharapova fan, your idol isn’t even capable of winning a final with her ball bashing game. She’s losing embarrasingly in every final that’s even her haters feel pity for her.
    Before opening your big mouth, wath your own ass

  5. It’s okay not to let this victory overblown but i definitely prefer to win a tournament than to lose every final i get to.And people wonder how you can be rude

  6. I think it was a big win however there will be bigger tests. I cannot see anyone as a big favourite for tournaments in the clay season so, who knows, maybe in the end of her career Serena will start to rake titles on clay.


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