Serena wins sixth Sony Open
caines | 4/4/2013, 5:30 a.m.
As celebratory music blared through the air at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne,the No. 1 WTA player in the world, Serena Williams, held court allowing her adoring fans to take part in history getting a glimpse of the reigning queen of tennis as she celebrated a record sixth Sony Open Tennis Championship. The 31-year-old champion held the cradled the winning trophy in her arms and showed grace and poise expressing her joy and appreciation for the accomplishment. Thats to my God Jehovah, my dad and everyone in my camp, I always forget names but I felt good today, its so special to have number six now, Williams said. I finally have some record, thats really cool. But Im really happy. Williams won a competitive and entertaining three set match against No.2 ranked Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, taking control and dominating the Russian born blonde by winning 10 straight games to close out the match. It was a womens final between two of the best players in the world, one of whom people believe may be the best player in the history of the sport. Spectator, Paul Fisher, watched the Williams match and thinks its time for people to start talking about the one in a generation player in historic terms. She obviously now is the best female player ever in the world in terms of her career, Fisher said after the match. Shes breaking all the records, she just broke the record in this event, shes won it six times now so you cant argue anymore. The over-powering player with the winning smile, was proud of her latest accomplishment despite struggling with her game throughout the tournament. Her intestinal fortitude and talent eventually made the difference. I dont think this was my best tournament, said Williams. I think everyone would agree but I think those are the moments that count when you go out and do the best you can and come out on top and always try to improve. Williams has won 15 Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic Gold medal while amassing a WTA all-time record $43 million in prize money. Williams was humble about her place in history following her 49 singles career singles title. She has a career record of 573-110 which means she wins nearly 84 percent all the matches shes every played. But despite her success and famous flamboyance on and off the court, Williams was uncomfortable talking about her legacy. I actually dont like to think about that, Williams said defecting questions about her place in the sport. Im having a good year and I still want to do well, I dont want this to be my last title, so I want to keep winning as much as I can. Williams has made winning a lifestyle. She admits to being highly competitive. I dont know anyone in life who hates losing more than I do, said Williams. I just try to focus on one day at a time and just doing well. By Rod CoffeeMiami Times staff writer