Serena Williams, after two weeks of battling and sheer determination, is the champion at the Sony Open. Williams came into the 2014 Sony Open not particularly playing her best tennis, but as her sister Venus Williams shares a similar relationship at Wimbledon, Serena is totally at home on the Laykold hard courts of the Sony Open and is often reborn come mid March when tennis shifts from the desert of Palm Springs to the humidity of Key Biscayne.
Coming into the Sony Open, the attention wasn't fully on her even though she's the number one player in the world and defending champion; lots of attention were on her big sister Venus and the Australian Open champion Li Na, but Serena showed once again how she doesn'y need the attention in order to walk away with yet another title. Winning at the Sony Open this year made her the winniest champion at Crandon Park; she surpassed Steffi Graf last year when she won her sixth title and now she surpassed Andre Aggassi this year by winning her seventh, and just think, she's not done yet. She vows to always return to Miami and play the tournament that she lives roughly an hour away from and hints at the possibility of playing doubles with Venus in the upcoming years.
Throughout the two weeks in Miami, Serena played decent tennis; she did have a slip up in the third round by losing the middle set when she played the young upstart from France, Caroline Garcia, but other than that she played well. She coasted through her other matches including her blockbuster showdown with Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, which was a rematch of last years final.
In the final, Williams faced Li Na and the first set was tough; Li Na is coming off a terrific start to the year by winning the Australian Open and making the semis in Indian Wells. Li Na found herself up a break and serving for the first set at 5-4, but once Serena managed to dig her way out of that hole (saving set point along the way) it ws smooth sailing from then on as Williams only lost one game from that point on. What looked to be quite a tough battle turned out to be another comprehensive victory for the now 7-time Sony Open champion as she won the match 7-5 6-1.
As Williams has stated in the past, she never feels as though she's out of a set or out of a match; she always feels she has a chance to dig out of whatever hole she's in and find a way to win; she has that much confidence in herself and it shows.
So there you have it, once again Serena Williams is the champion at the Sony Open, and seventh title at Crandon Park, and counting.