Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova
6-4 6-3 SET AND MATCH WILLIAMS! Serena is unstoppable, fires two smashing service return winners to take a 30-15 lead. As she steps into the court, pushing Sharapova right behind the baseline, she manages to put away yet another forehand. She finishes the show in style, smacking a forehand cross court and the celebrations can start..
6-4 5-3 A double fault followed by a lethal backhand down the line and the score is poised at 15-15. Another ace and a rare forehand miss from Serena make it 30-30. As she earns herself a game point with a further bullet first serve, Sharapova hits a superb return to the surprise of the Olympic and US Open 2012 champion to get to deuce. However, Williams keeps her composure and is one game away from the title.
6-4 4-3 Both players are going for it now. At 30-30, Serena plays an oustanding rally and forces a forehand error from the Russian to get to a break point. But Sharapova holds her nerve and not only does she avert the disaster, but she takes the next two points to reduce the American player’s lead.
6-4 4-2 Williams starts the 6th game with her 8th ace of the match. Sharapova finds it hard to return the American’s serve. After she hits a second serve return long and Serena fires another two world class first serve deliveries, a hold to love gives her a 4-2 lead. She is two games away from winning the 2012 WTA Championships title.
6-4 3-2 Another very important hold for Maria. At 30-30, she comes up with and ace and a service winner to keep her chances alive in today’s encounter.
6-4 3-1 Serena falls 0-30 behind, but manages to come back right into it. Sharapova is yet to earn herself a break point chance in this match. And it doesn’t change as Williams fires a forehand winner just before wrapping up the game to take a 3-1 lead.
6-4 2-1 Sharapova struggles with her serve a bit. After hitting a coulbe fault, she tries to just get a safe first serve in, but Serena punishes her for it with a return winner (15-30). Tremendous defence from the Russian follows and she gets to a game point at 40-30 up. However, another second serve return winner from Serena levels the score at deuce. Solid two points for Sharapova and she gets on the scoreboard in this set. It was almost a must hold for her..
6-4 2-0 The Russian starts the second game with a bullet forehand winner just before Serena comes up with another lethal first serve to level the score. She is on fire right now. A backhand and another two superb first serves secure her a 2-0 lead.
6-4 1-0 BREAK! Sharapova pulls a backhand wide to go down 0-15 at the start of the second set. After Williams’ return lands long and the Russian produces an ace, she is back in the driving seat at 30-15 up. But another forehand unforced error and Serena’s power ground strokes give the American the first break point opportunity of the set. She takes it with an overhead winner.
Just one break of serve proved to be enough for Serena to take the first set and a lead in the WTA Championships 2012 final.
Williams – 19 winners, 11 unforced errors
Sharapova – 7 winners, 9 unforced errors
6-4 SET WILLIAMS! Three superb first serves give Serena a 40-0 lead and three set points. Despite producing a double fault and a forehand unforced error, she takes the third chance to close out the set with ace no.6
5-4 Serena will be serving for the first set