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Tennis: Williams wins ‘Serena style’ to lift Billie Jean King Trophy

Serena Williams receives the Billie Jean King Trophy from the legend herself after winning the first BNP Paribas WTA Finals to be held in Singapore. Photos: AFP.

Serena Williams receives the Billie Jean King Trophy from the legend herself after winning the first BNP Paribas WTA Finals to be held in Singapore. Photos: AFP.

October 26, 2014: World No. 1 Serena Williams played ‘Serena style’ to rout Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 at a sold-out Singapore Indoor Stadium to win her third consecutive BNP Paribas WTA Finals title and lift the Billie Jean King Trophy for the fifth time.

 

Halep won one more game than Williams did when the pair met in the round-robin stage, the 23-year-old Romanian trouncing the 33-year-old American 6-0, 6-2 before eventually topping the White Group.

 

Williams, 33, celebrates a 6-3, 6-0 win over tournament debutant Simona Halep.

Williams, 33, celebrates a 6-3, 6-0 win over tournament debutant Simona Halep.

Williams was also less than dominant in the semi-finals, falling a set behind to Caroline Wozniacki and finding herself 5-4 and a break down in the third set before squeezing out victory in a tiebreak.

 

Like many champions, Williams produced the goods when it mattered, turning on the power to crush Halep in the final and kick off a new era for the tournament as it celebrates its debut in the Asia-Pacific.

 

“She was playing so well at the beginning and I told myself to just relax. Once I did that, I started playing better and making my shots,” said Williams, who also won the event in 2001, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

 

“I lost to her a couple of days ago so I knew she was capable of playing really well, but I knew I had to play better if I wanted to win. I had to play more Serena‑style tennis and just do what I do best: enforce myself. That’s what I was trying to do.

 

“I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to play here (due to injury) and now I’ve won the Billie Jean King Trophy again. It’s an amazing feeling.”

 

Early on, it looked like Halep could repeat her round-robin heroics as she broke for a 2-1 lead, but the tournament debutant would only win one more game after that as Williams saved her best for last, winning after just 69 minutes.

 

Both the singles and doubles champions will have an orchid hybrid named after each of them at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

 

According to organisers, the event attracted 129,000 fans over 10 days of tennis and entertainment, with 87,000 of those fans experiencing the Fan Zone and practice sessions.

 

Results – Sunday, October 26, 2014

 

Singles Final

[1] Serena Williams (USA) d [4] Simona Halep (Romania) 6-3, 6-0

 

Doubles Final

[3] Cara Black (Zimbabwe) / Sania Mirza (India) d [2] Hsieh Su-Wei (Chinese Taipei) / Peng Shuai (China) 6-1, 6-0

 

For more information, visit www.wtafinals.com

 

Source: www.wtafinals.com/article/williams-completes-wta-finals-hat-trick/4248922; Editing by SportAsia

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