When a tennis player wins a tournament, it’s the time to be on cloud nine; that superhuman feeling. But for Serena, the feeling was normal like any other day because she had mastered the game so well to the point that the best to beat right now is she and every other record she had set. And that was exactly what she did when she fought back superbly after a set down to beat Li Na, the world number three from China, 2-6 6-3 6-0 and to retain her World Tennis Association Championship title.
Few months ago, I wrote an article about this outstanding athlete and World number one tennis player both on clay and on grass court. I emphasized how The Michigan-born American tennis player was raised and groomed through thick and thin, sweat and sometimes blood, and judging by her outstanding form on the court then, it was apparent that Serena Williams wasn’t ready to quit the stage yet, rather, she was gearing up for some more stretches of winnings and trophies and that was exactly what she did in TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome on October 27, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey, where the final of the World Tennis Association Championships was staged.
The highly charged, scintillating and breathtaking final, watched by a record crowd of 16,457, the highest in the three years, was played in two hours and nine minutes. Williams aged 32; made a dramatic comeback to win her 11th title of the year after the Chinese star, Li Na, came ahead in the first set. Li showed some flashes of a confident player at the start to take the opening set beyond the reach of Williams, who was showing signs of tiredness, by four points. The American described herself as been exhausted after a sparkle-less performance against Serbian, Jelena Jankovic, in the semi-finals, though she later managed to win the match to progress into the finals and to set up an epic match against Li Na who had a semi-final victory over Petra Kvitova.
By defeating Li Na, Williams took her tally of winning the coveted WTA Championships to four and she also wrote her name in gold by being the first player to defend the title since Justine Henin in 2007. This year alone saw the American win 78 out of the 82 matches she’d played. She ended the year as the number one ranked player in Tennis for the third time in her tennis career, a feat she achieved in year 2002 and 2009. She also joined the list of outstanding players with 11 or more titles to their name in a year, as she became the eighth female tennis player to have achieved such feat; Swiss Tennis player, Martina Hingis had been the first to have won 12 titles in 1997.
To Williams, winning the WTA championship (dubbed The Billie Jean King trophy) this year had a special connotation because it coincides with the celebration of WTA’s 40th anniversary. "It was an awesome year of tennis” she said. “I haven’t had a lot of time to think about it, but I’m happy. I’m really happy that I was able to finish it off."
As the world awaits the kick off of the 2014 season, Serena Williams looks forward to kick-start the season on a sound and historic note as she take over the court at the 2014 Australian Open.
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