Serena Williams has triumphed again to win the 2013 Madrid Open, netting her 50th title and retaining her position as the world’s number one women’s tennis player. It was her first red clay title win since the 2002 French Open — and what many observers thought might be Maria Sharapova’s best chance to defeat her bitter rival.
Before the match, Sports Illustrated published a harsh timeline of Sharapova’s previous matches against Williams — a losing streak that goes back to 2005.
However, fans hoped for a better game than the SI statistics suggested because Sharapova is normally a strong red clay player. She’d won eight previous red clay finals in a row.
TV personality Star Jones tweeted: “I think the word of the day is VANQUISHED!”
The second-ranked Russian had a terrible first set where she seemed to visibly battle with her serve. She did slightly better in the second set but it just wasn’t enough.
Fans raved about Serena Williams’ performance using phrases like “power packed” and “amazing.” Some people were shocked by the speed of the defeat. One Twitter fan noted that she’d come back from church to watch the match — only to learn that it was already over. Oops.
Here’s the Twitter nickel summary of Serena’s win today:
“Thanks Maria! Thank you! Good try! Thank you!” -Serena Williams to Maria Sharapova at the net. Didn’t hear Maria say anything. #wta
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 12, 2013
— Wilson Tennis (@WilsonTennis) May 12, 2013
Check out how relaxed Serena looks! Guess when you haven’t lost to someone for 9 yrs you don’t get too nervous twitter.com/livetennis/sta…
— Live Tennis (@livetennis) May 12, 2013
— TennisTV (@TennisTV) May 12, 2013
— Star Jones (@StarJonesEsq) May 12, 2013