World No. 1 Serena Williams was victorious once again at the Sony Open, defeating second seed Li Na 7-5, 6-1 to lift her seventh title in Miami.
Serena has now won a record seven titles in Miami, which is two more than previous record holder Steffi Graf. She has also reached the finals here on nine occasions, making it one of her most successful tournaments on the WTA tour. Having defeated the world No. 2 in convincing fashion, Williams considers it an “important victory.”
“It was a really important victory, especially playing Li Na, who has been playing so well,” Williams said. “She started out so well – I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I just need to hang in here.’ Then I heard some fans trying to pull me through – if it hadn’t been for you guys I wouldn’t be standing here right now.”
The American struggled early in the match, working her way back from a 2-5 deficit to snatch the set, and eventually the match. When asked about how she managed to salvage the set, Williams said relaxation was key to her success.
“Really, at that moment, I felt like I had nothing to lose and I was able to relax,” she said. “And whenever I relax, I enjoy myself.”
Williams is scheduled to compete at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, which takes place between March 29- April 6.