Serena Williams won her first-ever Cincinnati Masters title on Aug. 17 after beating Serbia's Ana Ivanovic. Williams defeated Ivanovic in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, in barely over an hour at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
Serena has played in the Western & Southern Open six times already, but she was denied a trophy in all her appearances. The farthest Serena has reached in the tournament was in 2013 and 2014, when she made it to the finals. The year 2014 must have brought good luck charms for the American athlete because she finally snatched the title.
Serena was happy with her victory. "I love this moment," said the top-ranked female tennis athlete via the tournament's official website. "I love holding up the trophy and I love doing the work that it takes to hold a trophy," Serena added.
"For me, there is no better feeling."
Serena also took to Twitter to thank her supporters.
Thanks everyone for all the support this week! It was a great week for me. I love u all!
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 17, 2014
During the match, Serena fired 12 aces to Ivanovic's one and converted four of seven break points. Serena now has won five titles in 2014, including the Brisbane International, Miami Open, Italian Open, and Bank of the West Classic. She has claimed $2,714,208 prize winnings from the tournaments she has played so far. Just in Cincinnati alone, Serena claimed $467,300 cash prize and 900 ranking points.
Ana, on the other hand, handled her loss very well. She acknowledged Serena's dominance in the match and said that the American played "solid."
"Not only on her serve, but on the groundstrokes I felt like she was dominating," Ana said. She added that she knew she just wasn't able to even equalize her chances of winning. "I did have chance, especially when we started the rallies, but I just couldn't get the serve back." Ana took home prize money worth $227,000 and 585 ranking points.
Watch Serena Williams vs. Ana Ivanovic Cincinnati finale highlights below.
Video courtesy: YouTube/MrPieritoTennis
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