World No. 1 Serena Williams won her record-breaking seventh title in Miami on Saturday, beating Li Na in the final, 7-5, 6-1.
After a shaky opening game, Li Na, the No. 2 seed, broke to open the set. She then held, and looked to be in control of the match, eventually going up a double break, to 5-2. However, despite error-riddled play from Williams, Li Na failed to capitalize on the lead, and got broken both times she served for the set. It was exactly what Williams needed to gain confidence, and she began playing remarkably better.
When serving to stay in the set at 5-6, Li Na was broken a third consecutive time, giving Williams the first set 7-5.
Each player held to open the second set, but Williams broke Li Na’s second service game, giving her a 4-1 lead. Trouble on serve continued for the Chinese No. 1, as Williams, in true dominant form, broke again to go up 5-1 after another lengthy game, then held easily, serving it out 6-1. It was Williams’ 59th career title.
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