Serena completes dominant season with WTA Championship triumph

Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:18pm EDT
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By Ece Toksabay

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Serena Williams capped off a season to remember by capturing her fourth WTA Championship title with a 2-6 6-3 6-0 win over Li Na on Sunday.

The 32-year-old American finished off a dominant year, in which she also won the French and U.S. Opens, by scooping up her 11th title of 2013.

China's Li, who will reach a career-high third in the WTA rankings on Monday, broke Williams's serve twice in the first set.

However, the world number one shifted gears in the second set to roar through 6-3, to the delight of more than 16,000 fans who filled Istanbul's Sinan Erdem dome.

Williams showed little sign of the fatigue she complained about a day earlier, flattening Li in the third set with her brutal power and on court coverage.

The 17-times grand slam winner, who has played over 80 matches this season, said there was still room for improvement.

"I live to win slams. I really don't know if this was my best season ever, but definitely top 3. I still have things to add to my game," she said without elaborating.

The opening game of the second set, which featured nine deuces, was the turning point.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return to Li Na of China during their WTA tennis championships final match at Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal