Ruthless Williams avenges loss to Halep in WTA Finals

Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:25am EDT
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By Julian Linden

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams destroyed Romania's Simona Halep 6-3 6-0 on Sunday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable force in women's tennis.

Williams avenged her "embarrassing" loss to Halep in the group stage of the season-ending tournament with a ruthless display, overpowering her pint-sized opponent at every opportunity.

Halep shocked Williams 6-0 6-2 in the group stage of the elite event but was unable to repeat that performance as the American reminded everyone why she is the number one player in the world.

"I made so many errors in our last game. I knew for a fact I couldn't make that many errors," Williams said.

"I had to play more Serena style tennis and just do what I do best: enforce myself. That's what I was trying to do."

For Williams, it was her third successive win in the WTA Finals, second only in prestige to the four grand slams, and her fifth overall, tied for second with Steffi Graf.

Only Martina Navratilova, with eight titles, has won more, but with Williams showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 33, it is not inconceivable the American could overhaul her.

The odds were stacked against Williams winning in Singapore after she pulled out of two events in China because of a knee injury then lost to Halep in the group stages.   Continued...

Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return to Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles final tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 26, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su