Serena Cruises to WTA Title

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Updated: October 28, 2012

TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS – ISTANBUL 2012
Istanbul, Turkey
October 23-28, 2012
$4,900,000/SEC
Hard/Indoors

Results – Sunday, October 28, 2012
Singles – Final

(3) Serena Williams (USA) d. (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 64 63

Doubles – Final

Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (2) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 61 64

Final Facts

- Williams wins her third WTA Championships, having also won in 2001 and 2009; she is now the sixth player to win the tournament three or more times (after Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Kim Clijsters).

- Williams wins the 46th title of her career; two more than any other active player and the 10th most in history.

- Williams won a WTA-leading seven titles in 2012 and was the only player to triumph on all three surfaces (clay, hard, grass).

- Williams’ win-loss record in finals now stands at 46-15, and 28-9 in hardcourt finals.

- Williams is the first player since Kim Clijsters in 2002 to win the title without dropping a set.

- Williams is the oldest player, at 31, to win the tournament in its 41-year history.

- Williams has now won 48 of her last 50 matches (the only losses since the beginning of April coming to Razzano at the French Open and to Kerber in Cincinnati).

- Williams improves to 10-2 head-to-head against Sharapova, having won their last nine meetings.

- Williams has now won 18 matches in a row against Top 5 players, 12 matches in a row against Top 2 players and six matches in a row against No.1s; she is now No.2 for most wins over No.1s with 16 (Navratilova has 18).

- Williams finishes the year with a 58-4 record and a .935 winning percentage; since 1990, only one player has posted a better winning percentage (2007, Henin, 63-4, .940).

- Sharapova falls to 1-2 in WTA Championships finals, having previously won in 2004 and finished runner-up in 2007; she falls to 27-19 in WTA finals, and 18-15 in hardcourt finals.

- Sharapova and Williams will stay at No.2 and No.3 when the post-tournament rankings are released on Monday.

- Kirilenko and Petrova win the WTA Championships on their tournament debut as a team; Petrova also won the title in 2004 (with Shaughnessy).

- Kirilenko and Petrova win their fourth WTA title together and second of 2012; Kirilenko now has 12 career titles to her name, while Petrova has 21.

- Kirilenko and Petrova are the first all-Russian team to lift the WTA Championships; Kournikova and Dementieva also won titles, but with non-Russian partners.

Final Quotes

Serena Williams: ”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. I feel great right now. This was exactly my dream and I’m so happy I was able to achieve it.

Maria Sharapova: ”She had another great serving day against me – I don’t think I even had a break point. Maybe it was partly me not doing enough on the returns and partly she was serving well. But that’s one of the reasons she’s such a great champion and has had a tremendous amount of success in her career.”

Nadia Petrova: ”I’m very proud – I think we played very solid tennis today. We were calm and in control of the game from the beginning, and we didn’t lose momentum in the second set. Also, Maria was very brave, holding serve in the last game from two break points down.”

Maria Kirilenko: ”It was so difficult to qualify for this tournament – we only did it last week in Moscow – so to be the last team in and win it is just great. We had a great tournament here and this is an amazing feeling.”

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