Serena Williams continued her good run of form over Maria Sharapova to beat the Russian in straight sets and win the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Williams has now won 10 of the 12 meetings between two of the biggest names on the women’s tour and has now avenged her 2004 defeat to Sharapova in the final of the same tournament by taking a 6-4 6-3 win.
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams won in straight sets to advance to today’s final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Sharapova, the No. 2 seed, beat top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final of the season-ending tournament of women’s tennis for the third time. The Russian won the title in 2004 and was runner-up three years later.
Beijing—World number one Victor Azarenka thrashed second seed Maria Sharapova of Russia in straight sets to win the $4.8 million China Open.
The Belarusian dispatched Sharapova, ranked number two in the world, 6-3, 6-1, in the final of the Beijing tournament — the last Premier Mandatory event of the women’s calendar.
BEIJING: World number two Maria Sharapova enjoyed her third consecutive straight-sets win in Beijing on Thursday as she reached the last eight of the China Open in style.
BEIJING: World number two Maria Sharapova made light work of her second-round match at the China Open in Beijing on Wednesday, progressing to the last 16 with ease.
The Russian number two seed defeated Romania’s Sorana Cristea, ranked 29th in the WTA standings, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Maria is through to the second round of the China Open in Beijing after she defeated Simona Halep of Romania. Maria won 7-5 7-5 in an hour and 52 minutes.
On serve, Maria had a first serve percentage of 69% and won 62% of points on first serve and 56% on second serve. Maria broke Halep’s serve six times and won six of eight break points (75%). Maria had 33 winners to 39 unforced errors.
After the match, Maria said: “Certainly the scoreline was quite difficult, but I was up in those two sets. Well I think I have to go out there no matter what your ranking is or your opponent is. You have to try and win the match.”
Maria will face world No.29 Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the second round on Wednesday. Maria has never played the 22-year-old before.
In the rankings, Maria remains No.2 with 8515 points.
Maria is out of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo at the quarter-final stage after lost to No.8 seed Samantha Stosur of Australia. Maria lost 4-6 6-7 in an hour and 53 minutes.
Tokyo: Two-time champion Maria Sharapova overpowered Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (5) to advance to the
Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The second-seeded Sharapova was coming off a tough, three-hour win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Tuesday, while Safarova advanced to the third round on a walkover.