Brisbane International: Serena Overwhelms Pavlyuchenkova

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Updated: January 5, 2013

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013
$1,000,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, January 5, 2013
Singles – Final
(3) Serena Williams (USA) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 61

Doubles – Final
Mattek-Sands/Mirza (USA/IND) d. (4) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) 46 64 107 (Match TB)

Final Facts- Williams wins the 47th title of her career; three more than any other active player and the 10th most in history.

- Williams’ win-loss record in finals now stands at 47-15, and 29-9 in hardcourt finals.

- Williams is the first player to win the title without dropping a set since Victoria Azarenka did so at the inaugural staging of the tournament in 2009.

- Williams has now won 52 of her last 54 matches (the only losses since April 2012 coming to Razzano at the French Open and to Kerber in Cincinnati).

- Williams improves to 4-0 head-to-head against Pavlyuchenkova.

- Pavlyuchenkova falls to 3-2 in WTA finals; this was her first Premier final.

- Williams will stay at No.3, while Pavlyuchenkova is projected to rise to No.24 when the post-tournament rankings are released.

Mattek-Sands and Mirza win their third WTA title together; Mattek-Sands now has 11 career titles to her name, while Mirza has 15.

Final Quotes

Serena Williams: ”Today was really good. I kind of zoned, where I’m in a really calm place and not panicking, I’m not overthinking it and not just blasting every ball. I get really calm and kind of serene. It was a really good week in Brisbane, for sure. I definitely worked hard for this week, and I’m going to do a little more work so I can be ready in eight days.”

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: ”This was the fourth time I’ve played against Serena and every time I go on the court feeling confident and feeling well. I started the match pretty well, but when she’s on fire, I feel like there’s not much I can do. I was hoping to turn the match around, I was fighting every point to the end, but what I said about playing her was true. She’s a great player.”

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