Serena Williams wins Brisbane International
World number one Serena Williams succesfully defends her crown against world number two Victoria Azarenka in 1h38′ 6-4 7-5.
This could be the new WTA classic as they faced each other 4 times in finals all along 2013, the American winning in Rome and New York while the Belarussian took Doha and Cincinatti for an all time record of 14-3.
Serena Williams: “I’m really happy here and I love coming here to Brisbane. Definitely excited to have won and I’m really, really happy with the way I played and the intensity level. It’s definitely always interesting to play someone like Victoria – I know her game, I know what she does – but she goes out and improves, so every time I go out there and play her, things I thought were her weaknesses are now her strengths.”
Victoria Azarenka: “I want to congratulate Serena on a great week and a great match today. I always enjoy playing you and I hope to meet you again in Melbourne. Since my first year here I’ve had such good memories and I’ll take some from this year too.”
- Williams wins the 58th title of her career; 14 more than any other active player and the seventh most in history.
- Williams’ win-loss record in finals now stands at 58-17, and 35-11 in hardcourt finals.
- Williams is the first player in the tournament’s 18-year history to defend the title.
- Williams has now won 22 consecutive matches since losing to Azarenka in the Cincinnati final; she has also won 34 of her last 36 matches against Top 5 players, with her only defeats in that period, which dates back to Wimbledon 2011, coming against Azarenka.
- Azarenka falls to 17-15 in WTA finals, and 16-7 in hardcourt finals.
- Williams and Azarenka will retain their respective positions of No.1 and No.2 when the new rankings are released.