Cincinnati, OH, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 1 Serena Williams finally bagged her first Western & Southern Open title in six tries after beating Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 6-1, in Sunday’s final.
Williams, who collected $467,300 with the victory, won her fifth WTA title of the year and 62nd WTA title of her career. She remains No.7 on the all-time list, but only five short of No. 6 Billie Jean King.
The No. 9-seeded Ivanovic came out firing, breaking in the first game of the match en route to a 3-1 lead.
However, the top-seeded Williams reeled off 10 points in a row and taking complete control of the match, eventually winning 11 of the next 13 games to run away with the victory in just 62 minutes.
“It’s just amazing to finally win here. The fans were amazing and it’s so wonderful to be here,” said Williams, who failed to win a title in five previous appearances in the tournament. Now, the only event she has played six times without claiming the title is Sydney.
Ivanovic, for her part, was looking for her fourth title of the season and 15th of her career.
“It’s been a great week for me in Cincinnati,” Ivanovic said. “I really want to congratulate Serena. I think I got a lesson on how to serve today. Maybe after you retire you can give me some tips.”
With the victory, Williams moved to No. 3 in the Road To Singapore leaderboard, overtaking Agnieszka Radwanska and trailing Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep for now.