The organisers of the Sony Open were given their dream Women’s Singles final on Saturday when top seed Serena Williams faced off against 2nd seed Na Li. Serena had already won this tournament six times and led the head to head against Li 11-1 – the only time the Chinese woman beat her was in 2008. Li’s coach Carlos Rodriguez has encouraged her to come to the net more often and this extra dimension to her game has already shown results, so she came into the game hoping to get the better of Williams.
The American began the action but was broken after a six minute opening game, as her serve was not yet firing. Li held for 2-0 before Serena got a game and games went with serve until Li broke yet again in the 7th game, giving her a chance to serve out the set. Serena launched a comeback as her serve improved (but without any aces) and she reeled off the next five games and the set at 7-5. The American began the second set and both players held their serves until Williams once again went on a spree and ran up a 4-1 lead. After a very long 6th game, Serena got yet another break and the chance to serve for the championship, which she did to take the set at 6-1 and lift her 7th Sony Open trophy, after one minute short of two hours.