The dream final of the Matua Madrid Tennis Open was played on Sunday afternoon on the Manolo Santana centre court between the world’s top two players – number one Serena Williams and number two Maria Sharapova. By winning her semi final against Ana Ivanovic, the Russian won her 500th professional match, while with Serena’s win over Sara Errani, she clocked up her 30th win of 2013. Both players each lost just seven games in their semi final matches and, if Sharapova won this crown, she would regain the number one ranking, but Serena led the head to head stat 12-2 going into this match on the red clay. Also of note is that Sharapova is the reigning French Open champion, while Williams lost in the first round last year to rank outsider Virginie Razzano.
In the first set the American raced out to a 4-0 lead, greatly helped by the Russian’s 4 double faults, before Sharapova got on the scoreboard after a long 5th game. Williams then held and broke again to take the set 6-1 in just 32 minutes. Sharapova started the second set and got an immediate break and hold for 2-0, but Williams also held. The next two games went with serve to 3-2 when Williams broke back to level. On serve again, Williams held and so did Sharapova, for the score to go to 4-4. Williams held her serve to go 5-4 up with Sharapova to serve to stay in the match, but the American broke yet again to take the set 6-4 and the match in just one hour and eighteen minutes. In taking this title, Williams continues her domination of the world number two and is looking hard to beat, even on her least favourite surface, with the French Open starting in two weeks time.