Serena Serves Notice! Beats Sharapova For 11th Straight Time To Win Sixth Miami Title
by Sean Randall | March 30th, 2013, 5:17 pm

The two most popular female athletes on the planet met earlier today in Miami and for the 11th straight time Serena Williams got the better of Maria Sharapova, dashing her rival 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. The victory was Serena 48th of her career and a record sixth in Miami.

“In the beginning of the week or start of the tournament,” Serena said. “I definitely didn’t feel like I would be here, not with the way I was playing. But, you know, it definitely feels good to go through everything.

“It’s definitely not my best tournament. I think everyone here can agree. But those are the moments that count is when you can go and do the best you can and still come out on top and always try to improve.”

But early on in this showdown between No. 1 and No. 2, it was all Sharapova. Playing some of the best tennis I’ve seen from her, Sharapova hung toe-to-toe from the baseline with the more powerful Williams. And really, Maria was the aggressor, moving Serena on a string around the court and connecting cleanly on her on shots.

“Maria played really the best I have seen her play, and I think she was moving unbelievable and she was hitting winners from everywhere,” Serena said.

Behind an array of big forehands and backhands, Maria snared the first set – her first against Serena in many years- then led the World No. 1 by a break and 3-2 in the second. But that’s when the match turned upside down.

We’ve seen Serena go down before and comeback, and here it was again. A couple of big groundies and like that Serena broke back for 3-3, and that would be as close as Maria would come again on this day to finally winning that elusive Miami title. In a snap it was over.

In runaway fashion, Serena won the final 10 games of the match to coast to another Miami title and once again showed who’s the real boss in women’s tennis.

“I just thought, I’ve just gotta get some energy out here,” Serena said. “It wasn’t my level. My energy was low, and I just wouldn’t have thought that I would have won that many games in a row, because she was playing really well.”

It’s hard to imagine her not being a favorite in just about every match she plays in the near future.

The 31-year-old Serena finished with 34 winners, 6 aces, was 7/7 on break chances and in that final set she only lost five points on serve.

Sharapova, who had played so well leading up to the match – she had won 11 in a row and 22 straight sets – now suffers yet another crushing loss to her arch enemy. Considering how close she came, it has to be a bitter pill for Sharapova to swallow heading into the clay season and her French Open title defense.

“I think today I certainly played a lot better,” Sharapova said. “I had my chances. There’s no reason why I couldn’t win the match today. I was playing, you know, well, not well enough to win the match, obviously, but it was a step in the right direction and there’s no doubt that we’ll be playing many more times. There’s no doubt I’ll be able to beat her.”

Meanwhile, for Serena, it’s on to Charleston which begins on Monday. And then back the Paris for a shot at redemption.

“Hopefully I can just keep winning matches on clay,” added Serena. “I love the clay. I’ll probably hit just a few tomorrow just to get sliding a little bit, because I have a match so soon. My goal is to win a match at Roland Garros this year.”

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10 Comments for Serena Serves Notice! Beats Sharapova For 11th Straight Time To Win Sixth Miami Title

Steve 27 Says:

Again! Poor Sharapova, she cant defeat a 31 female tennis player in her prime. About Serena, How did she do to win the French Open in 2002?

Alok Says:

“I had my chances. There’s no reason why I couldn’t win the match today. I was playing, you know, well, not well enough to win the match, obviously,..”

This is very conflicting. on one hand, she’s saying there’s no reason why she couldn’t win today,and OTOH, she said she wasn’t playing well enough to win.

Sharapova has one style. A serve and blast her FH as hard as she can against weaker opponents, and scream, scream her way to the finish line. Her draws help her to meet very low-ranked players,and beat them to a pupl, but when she meets a quality opponent, her weaknesses are exposed.

Congrats to Serena for another title!

Kimmi Says:

congrats to serena. OK, sharapova played very well, but even her best performance cant beat serena. must be demoralizing for her.

The fact is, she doesn’t move well enough!!

Kimberly Says:

At 3-2 in the second set I actually thought, wow, Maria will finally win. She then failed to win another game! Well done to Serena, disappointed as I support Sharapova of course. Colin was happy as he supports both Williams.

andrea Says:

that’s an incredible win. one day sharapova is going to have to get the serena monkey off her back,

Alok Says:

@Kimberly, colin is a smart little cookie. he knows the winners.

Shaza’s movement is too heavy footed. even though Serena is heavier she moves a lot better.

Kimberly Says:

Serena literally flies across the court. Saw her play v. penetta and was shocked at how quick she was. She has an explosive first step.

alison Says:

Without sounding too mean,i actually enjoy it when i see Sharapova getting her arse kicked by Serena,sorry but shes never been a player i could warm to,add to that i was irritated by that OTT celebration when she beat Venus at the AO,against someone who has achieved significantly more in the game,i just think she should have toned it down somewhat sorry JMO.

tennismonger Says:

I suspect Serena motivates herself more against Maria than against any other player.

Sort of like Courier/Agassi back in the day.

Serena she will likely retire on the day that she can no longer beat down Maria.

rogerafa Says:

Serena is in a league entirely of her own in terms of the kind of athlete she is. an absolute one-off.

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