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Serena Williams Caps Historic Year With a Win in Istanbul

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Serena Williams came from behind to beat China’s Li Na in the WTA Championships final in Istanbul:  2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

The 32-year-old world No. 1 overcame a lethargic start, and a stellar Li, who broke early, and dominated the first set, though Williams started to regain form in her last service game of the opener.  Midway through the second set, it was the 31-year-old No. 5-ranked Chinese woman who appeared to run out of gas, allowing Serena to then run away with the match.

The win gives Williams a career-best 11 titles for the year, a win-loss record of 78-4, and a record-smashing $12.4 million in total prize money.  (The previous record was set by Victoria Azarenka last year, with $7.9 million.)

Photo credit:  Aleksandr Osipov (Creative Commons License)

 

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Susan DePalma resides in New York City. She is a huge fan of Rafael Nadal and counts Marat Safin amongst past favorites.
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