Serena Williams has begun the new year with a major win of the Brisbane International in Australia. On Jan. 4, 2014 Serena Williams, U.S tennis superstar, has beaten Victoria Azarenka and defended her championship title at the Brisbane Internationals. While losing 2 serves, she broke back 3 times to win the match in 98 minutes. Williams took Azarenka in a 6-4 7-5 match sets. Williams remains the number 1 tennis player in the world with a 2013 record of 78-4 and an amazing 11 titles. It appears that 2014 will see Williams continue to dominate the field of women’s tennis.
Some sports commentators have suggested that Williams was not at the top of her game for the Brisbane International yet handily won the title. On Jan. 3, 2014 Williams defeated Maria Sharapova with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) victory to seize the semi-finals.
Williams’ match against Azarenka was dubious after a Williams’ 2-0 lead was dropped in exchange for a 4-2 Azarenka rally. However, Williams found her tempo and roared back to close the win and win the championship. The win extends William’ streak to 22 and once again makes her a force to be contended with. She is focused on winning it all in Australia as her past two attempts were met with injury.
Williams met 4 of the top tennis contenders, Andrea Petkovic, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Sharapova and Azarenka, as she prepares for the Australian Open to be played in Melbourne on Jan. 31, 2014. Williams said that the matches were a great test for the upcoming Australian Open and it showed her where she needed to work, where her level of play is and what focused practice is needed to prepare for the next major event. Although Williams won the Brisbane International she says the next major contest in Melbourne will be a different game. She gave the professional nod to her competitors for bringing their best game to the tournament.
Williams also stated that the Australian Open would be a new level of play and if she meets Azarenka again in the semi-finals; that it will a new match, and although she had gathered confidence from the wins at the Brisbane International the matches at the Australian Open would start at 0-0. In essence it is any one’s game. Williams has won the Australian Open 5 times but has not won since 2010. Williams may be very focused on achieving a win in 2014. As with all sports the win may come down to who gets the hot streak and takes the competition. Williams is well aware that hot streaks can take a championship as she was toppled in the fourth round of the Wimbledon by Sabine Lisicki.
Serena Williams takes the win at Brisbane International in the early month of 2014 while leaving behind an amazing 2013 career-record of 34 consecutive wins. Also of note is Williams’ Grand Slam records which include the Australian Open: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010. The French Open: 2002, 2013. Wimbledon: 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 and the US Open: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013. Williams born in 1981, now 32, entered the professional arena in 1995. She maintains a near 85 percent win record and is financially ranked number 1 among women tennis players and number 4 among all-time tennis player. With over $50 million in prize money she is the only female player at that level winnings. Williams is the reigning champion of the French Open, the US Open, the WTA Tour Championships and the Olympic ladies singles champion.
By Anthony Clark