Fantastic stuff from Masha despite the defeat, money is on for the Russian startlet dominating the clay!
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams broke the Key Biscayne women’s record for most titles, and Maria Sharapova set a new standard for futility in finals.
Williams swept the final 10 games and earned her sixth championship in the event Saturday by rallying past Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open.
Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year, but she’s now 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. After playing nearly flawless tennis for an hour, she began to miss with her serve, and Williams dominated rallies down the stretch.
Williams has won 11 consecutive matches against Sharapova, whose last victory in the rivalry came in 2004.
At 31, the No. 1-ranked Williams became the oldest female champion at Key Biscayne. She won the tournament for the first time since 2008 and surpassed Steffi Graf, a five-time champion.
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