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Serena Williams is a professional tennis player from the United States of America, currently ranked as the top player in the WTA rankings and widely considered as the greatest player of her generation.
She has been ranked as the world number one on six separate occasions and her latest climb to the top at the age of 32 years makes her the oldest player in the history of professional tennis to climb to the top of the rankings in history.
Williams holds the most major titles of active players, with a combined total of 33 titles, with 18 in singles, 13 in doubles, all of which have come with elder sister Venus Williams as her partner and another two in mixed doubles. She also won three gold medals in the Olympic Games in doubles and created history in the 2012 London Olympic Games when she won the gold medal in both singles and doubles.
The tally of 18 singles titles in Grand Slams puts Serena Williams fourth in the all time list and only second to Steffi Graff in the Open Era. She is also a five time winner of the WTA Tour Championship, making her arguably the most decorated women’s tennis player in history.
Born in Michigan, the Williams sisters took up the game early and with their father Richard as the coach, both went on to carve out successful careers in the professional game.
Serena Williams has won four Australian Open titles, two French Open titles, five Wimbledon titles and another two US Open titles throughout her career and she is considered as a specialist in all kinds of surfaces, a rare characteristic of modern players, which has earned her fame and according to many players, make her the best player to play the game in the modern era.
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Serena Williams’ dominance over Maria Sharapova continued yesterday too as the American superstar defeated her Russian opponent easily in the semi final round match in the Sony Open tennis tournament.
Serena faced a few problems when the match started. She was actually down by 1-4 in the opening set, but, once she got going, she was unstoppable. 11 out of the last 14 games went in her favour.
This win obviously made sure that Serena would enter the title round of the tournament. It’s the 9th time that she has managed to reach this stage here in Miami. On 6 out of the previous 8 occasions, she has lifted the trophy and people around the globe would not be surprised at all if she converts this opportunity into title victory as well.
Competing against her in the final though will be Li Na who has been in great form in the recent times.
Talking to the reporters after beating Sharapova, Serena said, “I found it tough today. Maria began brilliantly and won early games, but, I didn’t lose my shape there. I focussed even harder after that and pulled things back thankfully.”
When reminded that it’s going to be her 9th appearance in the Miami final, she said, “That’s great really. I had no idea about that. It’s one of the venues where I like playing the most and I am thrilled that I have made it to the final once again over here.”
Meanwhile, in the men’s category, as expected, the Czech player Tomas Berdych made his way into the final 4 by getting better of Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
It was a straight set win for Berdych. He has not lost a set in the tournament till this point of time.
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