Serena Williams (No. 1) beat the Russian Maria Sharapova (No. 2) 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Mutua Madrid Open, her 50th career title. It was their third meeting in 2013, with Williams winning all three, extending her lead in their head-to-head to 13-2.
Williams broke Sharapova’s serve in the opening game, which set the tone for the next three games, with Williams going up 4-0 in under 20 minutes. Sharapova was finally able to hold in the fifth game, before Williams held, then broke Sharapova for a third time, winning the first set 6-1.
The second set began with Sharapova breaking Williams’ serve for the first time, then holding to go up 2-0. Williams was able to hold in the third game, and eventually broke back and held, bringing the score to 4-3.
With Sharapova serving at 4-5, Williams was able to break serve, winning the championship in just under an hour and 20 minutes.
By winning today, Williams retains her position atop the WTA rankings as the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world, a spot she would have forfeited had the Russian prevailed.