World number one Serena Williams ruthlessly defeated Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-2, 6-0 to win her eighth title in Miami on Saturday.
The 33 – year old secured her third consecutive title at Crandon Park in Florida. She also became only the fourth woman to win the same WTA tournament eight times, of the 15 she has entered, with her first title in 2002. This is equalling Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf’s records; Navratilova, who presented the trophy, won Chicago 12 times, the most titles by a woman at any tournament.
For the 26 –year old Suarez-Navarro this was the biggest match of her career; she had a fabulous two weeks of #Tennis and beat Williams' sister Venus in the quarter-final. She has now moved to top ten seed.
The Spaniard began well and held her serve through the first five games, but the American moved up a gear, took control and served successive aces to gain a 4-2 advantage in the opening set. It was all one-way traffic thereafter, and the first set was over at 6-2.
Suarez – Navarro had a chance for a break in the first game of the second set, but Williams held on and then served three un-returnable serves. This paved the way for a period of complete dominance for the American, as she won 21 out of 22 points on her first serve, to bagel her opponent in the second-set. Suarez-Navarro, who won just five points during the second set, had no answers for the overwhelming power of Williams. The match was over in just 56 minutes.
Williams was in great form in Miami, although she had to pull out of her semi-final in Indian Wells last month, because of a knee injury. The American, who won her 19th Grand Slam title in Australia this year, also claimed her 700th career victory earlier in this tournament, which she considers her home event, as she only lives 90 minutes away from Crandon Park.
Williams has also been the world number one for over two years, and will now go to Europe for the start of the clay court season; she is on a 21-match unbeaten winning streak in 2015.