The final match on Thursday night at the WTA year end championships in Istanbul was played between top seeded Serena Williams and 5th seeded Petra Kvitova of the Green Group. Serena won both her first two matches in straight sets – against Aga Radwanska and Angelique Kerber. Kvitova also beat Radwanska in straights in her first match. Leading in the head to head stat 4-0, Williams beat Kvitova in straight sets in their first three encounters and then played a fantastic three set match in Doha at the beginning of the season. Thursday’s match was a daunting prospect for Kvitova, as Serena has won a total of twelve matches in a row, so she was going for yet another WTA record – to have the second longest winning streak since Martina Navratilova’s run of twenty one ended in 1987.
Serena got the match underway and it took her just fourteen minutes to build up a 3-0 lead. Kvitova held to trail 1-3, but the American took another game for 4-1. She allowed the Czech just one more game before wrapping up the set at 6-2 in thirty one minutes with the help of great serve stats, including six aces to zero doubles.
The American built up a 4-1 lead in the second set when Kvitova got another game. The next two games went with serve, which brought Serena to 5-3 and a chance to serve out the match, which she did without hesitation for the match in an hour and twelve minutes – and yet another WTA record.