With her dispatch of Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in Madrid on Sunday, Serena Williams solidified her top position in the WTA rankings.
The victory was a repeat performance of last year’s thrashing of Belarusian standout Victoria Azarenka, and William’s 50th career title.
Sharapova managed to win one more game than Azarenka in the second set, but other than that things were much the same. All in all Serena is 13-2 against the Russian, with both losses to Sharapova way back in 2004.
Maria, who has won her previous seven battles on clay, double faulted five times in her first three games serving against Williams, with eight double faults in the entire match. Sharapova’s weak serving and William’s strong drives set the tone for the day.
Sharapova had this to say:
“I haven’t had a win against her in a long time, but the great thing is I’m setting myself up in a position where I can try to change that around. I thought I did really well against her in Miami for the first set and a half — obviously that’s not enough, but the goal is to keep that level for the whole match this time.”
So she’s not losing, she’s just setting herself up for a win.
I like the optimism, though a little self deception may be playing a role here as well.
What do you think..?