Serena Williams wins initial W&S Open singles title

MASON, Ohio — World No. 1 Serena Williams has another pretension to supplement to her resume: Western Southern Open champion.

The 17-time Grand Slam singles champ claimed a career-first WS Open pretension Sunday during a Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason by defeating Serb Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1 in 62 minutes.

The American dismissed 12 aces, converted 4 of 7 mangle points and differently rolled to her fifth pretension in 2014. She claimed a $467,300 purse and 900 ranking points while Ivanovic split with $227,000 and 585 points.

“It’s amazing, finally being means to win today,” Williams pronounced before usurpation a championship crater in a post-match awards ceremony.

Ivanovic pennyless Williams to start a game, that fast echoed a American’s delayed start in a semifinal win over Caroline Wozniacki. Williams pronounced Saturday she had reduce behind narrowing and eventually went for aces to digest points.

She fast kicked her diversion into high rigging Sunday, violation Ivanovic during adore to tangle a initial set during three. Five aces in a initial 7 games propelled her, as did her ability to win 64 percent of her initial offer points. She hold offer for a 4-3 lead.

Ivanovic battled behind for a tie before Williams hold offer again. The Serb dismissed a round into a net to finalize a diversion and was damaged again shortly after.

Ivanovic never found a approach to mountain a quip bid after executing several pivotal rallies late Saturday night opposite semifinal enemy Maria Sharapova. Their dual hour, 45-minute thriller featured ups and downs for both players and a third-set check during that an bum Ivanovic took revulsion pills.

Williams served for a WS Open championship after going adult dual some-more breaks, loitering Ivanovic’s bid for her possess career-first pretension in Mason.

Williams, a tournament’s tip seeded player, has played a lot of good tennis in a final few weeks. She won a Stanford title, reached a Rogers Cup semifinals in Montreal, and degraded No. 22 Sam Stosur, No. 9 Jelena Jankovic, No. 12 Wozniacki and No. 11 Ivanovic in a WS Open.

Shannon Russell writes for Cincinnati Enquirer, a Gannett affiliate.

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