Even without having the extra practice of a semi final match because of the retirement through injury of Victoria Azarenka on Friday, Serena Williams took to the court on Saturday to do battle with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for the title at the Brisbane International. It took the world number three and third seed Williams, just fifty one minutes to sweep aside her challenger in straight sets, 6-2 6-1. In an awesome display of her unlimited talent, Serena served nine aces and only one double fault, and did better statistically overall than her hapless opponent who just did not have the weapons to defend against Williams.
There are not many tennis fans around the world today who do not think that Serena will carry on her impressive wins all the way to the title at the Australian Open which begins on January 14 in Melbourne.
The doubles title went to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA and her partner Sania Mirza of India. They beat the fourth seeds, Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in a much more hard fought match than the singles final had been. The American/Indian duo outlasted their opponents to win 4- 6-4 10-7 in just over an hour and a half.