Serena Williams, Del Potro, Youzhny Claim Titles
by Staff | October 27th, 2013, 8:53 pm

Serena Williams Sets Records with Year-end WTA Title

World No. 1 Serena Williams ended the season on a high note Sunday, recovering from a three-setter the previous day to outlast China’s Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 for the year-end TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships title in Istanbul.
“I don’t know how I got through that one,” Williams said. “I’ve just had a really long year, and I’m just really excited, honestly. I really didn’t expect to get through this match today. Wow, thank God. I can’t believe I won. I was so tired. Honestly, did I really win? Because she played so well.”

In the Saturday semifinals, Williams defeated former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. In the final down a set and 3-3, Williams won nine games in a row to close out the match.

The win made Williams at 32 years, one month, the oldest player to win the year-end championships. Her fourth year-end championships title puts her in a class with Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf to win four or more. She becomes the first player to win 11 WTA titles in a season since 1997, when Martina Hingis won 12.

Del Potro Moves Federer’s Cheese in Basel Final

Juan Martin del Potro came into Roger Federer’s native Switzerland and came out for the second straight year with the Swiss Open title, defeating the former No. 1 and five-time former Basel champion 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-4 for his fourth title of the year.

“The fans were cheering for him a lot, but they also respected me,” del Potro said. “They made a fantastic atmosphere. I think we played the best match of the tournament today.”

Federer with a win would have secured a spot at the year-end Masters event, but now he must advance to the third round at this week’s Paris Masters to be sure of a Top 8 seat in London, according to the ATP.

“Probably my best match of the tournament overall, but it is always difficult to judge when you lose,” Federer said of the final.

Del Potro picked up his 17th career title, while Federer dropped to 5-5 in career Basel finals.

“I did hand the break over to him too easily in the third set, but overall I did well today,” Federer said. “It is a pity that I couldn’t have been tougher in the third. He did really well to serve it out. The last few of his service games were very solid. I was happy that after a lot of tough matches, I was able to withstand the challenge physically.”

Youzhny Sends Ferrer to Another Final Loss in Valencia

Russian Mikhail Youzhny stunned defending champion David Ferrer on Sunday in the Valencia Open final in Spain, defeating the Spaniard 6-3, 7-5. It was the second title this year for the Russian after Gstaad.

“It is a really good tournament and has a great atmosphere,” Youzhny said.

Youzhny broke to go up 5-1 before securing the opening set, and in the second recovered from a 1-4 deficit.

“The truth is that Youzhny played very good,” said Ferrer after losing in his sixth consecutive final. “He sliced and served very well. He was more comfortable then me on court, I was missing touch.”


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20 Comments for Serena Williams, Del Potro, Youzhny Claim Titles

Kimmi Says:

serena is not only good, she also is tougher mentally than everybody else in the WTA tour at the moment. Li played very well but she just couldn’t keep up mentally.

Kimmi Says:

Too bad for federer. Hopefully soon he will get a win against one of the top guys. I mean Murray, djokovic, rafa and delpo. They are the tough ones to beat at the moment.

skeezer Says:

Serena is a step above atm.
Who is better in the mens or womens games? AND….
She’s 32.
Vamos Serena!!!!

skeezer Says:

Congrats Delpo. A guy who beats anyones favs and he is still loved. Can’t say that about other fanatics, ……no? Hehe…

andrea Says:

that was a fantastic match with delpo and fed! nice to see roger all fired up like that. insane shots from both players. haven’t seen fed run everything down like he did today in a long time. he was all over the place. congrats to delpo for another fall win! fed, great effort.

and congrats to serena and li na for their 3 set battle.

Perfect fan Says:

Can’t say I m surprised to see Youzhny bag a title….he is in awesome touch these days….great to see another 30+ guy doing that.

Needless to say that fed’s gonna face a stiff fight in the opener in Paris….he has to earn it if he wants to go deep.

And whats new….Serena bags another title….YAAWWWWWWWWWN….ZZZZZZ !!

Steve 27 Says:

I think Delpo is better than Murray in indoors.
Great year by Serena, 11 titles, can Rafa emulate that number by winning the most elusive title in his career?

WTF Says:

We are one tournament away from WTF and Fed still hasn’t booked his place yet.

In earlier years he would have secured his place as early as June or July, and had the year end #1 ranking locked up by August.

What a difference a few years makes..

hawkeye Says:

Came across this interesting statistic…

Service broken in first of Fed’s 3 service games (approx): 08: 61%, 09: 66%, 10: 68%, 11: 75%, 12: 80%, 13: 100%.

Find it hard to believe that even the lower numbers are so high.

Josh39485 Says:

@hawkeye Really?! Wow – I never expected that.

Just to clarify, when you typed 2013: 100% – does that mean Fed has always been broken in one of his first 3 service games per match this year?

In fact I don’t even know how believable that is – I can think of at least 5 examples in 2013 which go against that stat.

SG1 Says:

I really think the only thing holding DelPo back from another slam is health. He gets hurt often over a season. He has to figure out how to stay healthy. If he can, he’ll break through again somewhere.

hawkeye Says:

Josh, yes that’s how to interpret it however I just realized that this stat is for deciding sets (e.g., 3rd set in best of 3 or 5th set in best of 5).

Makes more sense now.

SG1 Says:

Hawkeye…crazy stats on Fed’s serving. This means he’s getting behind early in matches and likely losing a lot more 1st sets than in his prime. I think the back problems have definitely hurt his serving. His serve was never the biggest on tour to begin with. He had nice blend of power and placement. With the sore back, he’s probably giving up a few more MPH’s which can be a real problem in today’s game.

Rumble Says:

Instead of writing 08, 09, 10, etc against this stat – the more relevant thing to write is AGE 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32. No wonder he is being broken more and more as he is growing older….. What a surprise!

I can’t believe what expectations people have from Federer. He is 32. The game is far more physical than it was even 10 years ago. Most top tennis players have just faded away at age 25/26. What do you expect from a 32 year old?

And back problems don’t go away. Same thing happened to Agassi, even though he was so fit. The only injury problems that seem to go away magically (and come back every year) are Nadal’s knee problems. For the rest of the world, injury is a pretty real thing.

Steve 27 Says:

The only injury problems that seem to go away magically (and come back every year) are Nadal’s knee problems. For the rest of the world, injury is a pretty real thing

What a dork Rumble is. Your insinuation is pathethic, why instead of accusing someone without proof, not a bit you refine your manners that show you little education and little class you seem to have.

Josh39485 Says:

@Hawkeye – Ah, in deciding sets then. Fair enough – that’s not particularly surprising then

Giles Says:

Rafa is a magician!!
Vamos Rafa!

hawkeye Says:

Giles, hahahaha! Vamos Rafa!


(BTW. No more freebies. Strike 1 for those keeping score at home.)

WTF Says:

Rumble, Ivo Karlovic is 36, and he’s still just as hard to break as ever.

Loyiso Matsha Says:

Serena is on fire. It apears that she got motivation after visiting South Africa in 2012. She is on fire, and hungry to be crowned the best woman tennis player ever.She,Steffi, Martina, Hingis, Venus and Chris are ops. Loyiso

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