Saturday, April 04, 2015

2015 MIAMI: Serena Wins 66th Title, 8th In Miami, Now On 21-Match Win Streak

As I predicted, World #1 Serena Williams defeated Carla Suarez Navarro to win her record 8th Miami Open title, the 66th of her storied career. The score was 6-2 6-0, but really there was only something like 15-20 minutes of tension because after 5 consecutive holds of serve, Serena broke to go up 4-2 and never looked back, winning the next 8 consecutive games to close out the match and remains officially undefeated in 2015 (18-0) and was won the last 21 she played.  It should be noted that she defaulted her Indian wells semifinals against Simona Halep two weeks ago. Her last official loss on the WTA Tour was 22 matches ago in the round-robin of the Year End Championships in Singapore, when she lost 6-0 6-2 to Halep.

This is the first tournament Serena now won eight times, including the last three years (2015, 2014, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003, 2002). Her win also insures that she will extend her reign at #1 to go past 113 weeks and jump past Chris Evert to the #3 position for most consecutive weeks at #1 (Martina Navratilova is at 156 and Steffi Graf is at 186). She is at #4 on the WTA Tour titles list (Martina at 167, Evert at 157, Graf at 110).

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