The WTA’s top two players walked on to court on Saturday afternoon to do battle for the winner’s title and to lift the trophy in victory. Both number 1 Serena Williams and number 2 Maria Sharapova have been in devastating form of late, with the Russian having won in Indian Wells and wanting to do the double by winning in Miami too. Going into this match, the American led the head to head stat against Sharapova 11-2 and, if she won, she would have a record six titles at this tournament. Sharapova has been to the final five times, but has never won the title, so both players had everything to play for – and neither of them ever give up, so a great match was anticipated.
With both players hitting their forehands and backhands with devastating power, Sharapova got the only break in the first set and held on to take it 6-4 in two minutes under an hour. She also held a 3-2 lead in the second set and things looked promising for her, but that was when Williams pulled out all the stops and levelled at 3-3. From that point until the end of the encounter, the American powered her way to a further nine straight games in a row to take the second set 6-3 and the decider to love. After two hours and eight minutes the title and trophy were hers, to add to her victories in 2002 to 2004, as well as in 2007 and 2008.