With such an illustrious career festooned with championship hardware, it’s always a surprise when at this stage in her tennis life Serena Williams wins an event for the first time. Such was the case as the world’s top player defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-1 to win the 2014 Western & Southern Open. It was Serena’s first title in six tries in Cincinnati. She began the match slowly, as she has lately, falling behind a quick break early. But once she started rolling, her brilliance was too much for an overmatched Ivanovic. Despite some shaky play at the first three Majors of the year, make no mistake…Serena is still supreme. This is her WTA season-leading fifth title. Clearly, she’s looking to the US Open as redemption for not already having a Major this year. She joked with Chris Evert after the match about still needing 1 Major to join Evert with 18 singles Majors. The way she has dominated the summer North American hard court season, Williams looks primed to get that win in a few weeks on Arthur Ashe Stadium’s show court.
Speaking of the US Open, Serena clinched the Emirates Airline US Open Series point race (actually she did that with her semifinal win against her friend, Caroline Wozniacki). This will give her a chance at a $4 million dollar payday in New York, $3 million for the winner’s purse plus a $1 million dollar bonus for winning the US Open series. This would be by far the largest payday for a single event in women’s sports. She will be the overwhelming odds-on favorite to take the title. Anybody want to bet against Serena? I don’t like losing money, so I sure don’t!
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-4 6-1 vs 9 Ana Ivanovic)