Serena Williams has defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia in the final of Mutua Madrid Open. Serena won the match in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-4. This was Serena’s 12th consecutive win against Sharapova.
Serena had come into this match under a bit of pressure. Had she lost this match, she would have been replaced by Sharapova as world no. 1. But, the American superstar didn’t let the pressure get better of her. She showed fantastic composure and outplayed her Russian opponent.
This is the 50th WTA title won by Serena in her career.
In the post match interview, Sharapova said, “It’s always disappointing to lose in the finals. I was pretty slow in the first set. I served quite a few double faults and you can’t afford to do that against a player like Serena.”
“In the second set, I got the early breakthrough, but, I couldn’t capitalize. To be honest, my performance was pretty mediocre today.”
Serena was off to a flying start in the match. She broke Sharapova’s serve in the second and the fourth game of the first set and managed to get ahead by 5-0.
Sharapova held her serve in the 6th game, but, that was not going to help. The Russian player required at least a couple of more breakthroughs to turn things around, but, she couldn’t do that. Serena served out the 7th game and won the opening set by 6-1.
In the second set, Sharapova had a great start. She got a breakthrough in the very first game and then, with a serve hold in the next game, she took a lead of 2-0. The next three games went with the serve and at the end of the 5th game; Sharapova was leading by 3-2.
But, after that, Sharapova suddenly lost her rhythm. She dropped her serve twice in the next five games and lost the second set by 4-6.