Sunday, October 28, 2012
Serena Williams wins WTA Championships
Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 64 63 to win the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul 2012.
Williams held all nine of her service games and broke Sharapova three times on her way to another title.
During the encounter, Williams hit 40 winners to 14 unforced errors while Sharapova had 13 winners to 12 errors.
"I actually thought about the last time we played at the WTA Championships, and she won, and she's also ranked ahead of me right now, so I really had nothing to lose," Williams said. "I feel great right now. This was exactly my dream and I'm so happy I was able to achieve it. And the Turkish fans here are so amazing, so nice and so supportive - I've never seen so many signs with my name on them. I can't even explain how that makes me feel."
"I would say it's pretty much the best season of my career, a little bit of a slow start though, so I have to give it to 2002 - but there's always 2013," she added.
"She had another great serving day against me - I don't think I even had a break point," Sharapova said. "Maybe it was partly me not doing enough on the returns and partly she was serving well - a few moments when it was 30-all or 15-all, I didn't get a good return in. But that's one of the reasons she's such a great champion and has had a tremendous amount of success in her career.
"But yeah, I've got to keep moving forward. I'm proud of my year. I'm proud of my consistency. I'm proud I'm moving in the right direction in terms of improving my game and where I see it. I've accomplished a lot of things this year I really wanted, and wanted to get back in my career. A lot of great memories. Some difficult ones, but a lot of really positive thoughts moving into next year."
"I've said it throughout the tournament, that this has been the best WTA Championships I've been a part of. I only got to play a couple of matches last year, but this year, especially as the week went on, the excitement from the people from the second they call your name onto the court and you're walking out, it's pretty incredible as an athlete to have that sort of positive energy without even hitting a ball. The appreciation you have from people's understanding and respect of what you do is really unique.
"I think we were all unsure of how it was going to go in Istanbul because we never had such a big event here, only a smaller one. But we're all really happy.
"And we have another year here, too."